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October 09, 2017
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New efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis



Upton, NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a new catalyst that speeds up the rate of a key step in "artificial photosynthesis" - an effort to mimic how plants, algae, and some bacteria harness sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into energy-rich fuels. This step - called water oxidation - releases protons and electrons from water molecules, producing oxygen as a byproduct. This "single-site" catalyst - meaning the entire reaction sequence take ... read more

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Scientists propose new way of increasing the efficiency of solar batteries
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Researchers from Department of Material Sciences, Lomonosov MSU, explained how changing the ratio of components forming light-absorbing layer of a perovskite solar cell influences the structure of c ... more
ENERGY TECH
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and is considered by many to be a potential clean fuel of the future. Water and fossil fuels contain large amounts of hydrogen, but unlocking m ... more
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Governor Brown Sends SCE to CEC Investigation and ABC Solar Files CPUC Petition to Censor SCE
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Sometimes when you advocate for a cause the drop-dead lack of common sense makes everyone gravitate to and help the cause. Today, ABC Solar president Bradley Bartz received a note from Governor Brow ... more
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Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. ... more
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ENERGY TECH
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a ... more
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UK unveils first subsidy-free solar farm
Clayhill, UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Claire Perry MP, the UK Minister for Climate Change and Industry, has officially opened Anesco's Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility, located near Flitwick in Bedfordshire. Clayhill is t ... more
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PrISUm Announces Corporate Partnerships with Baron
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
PrISUm is proud to announce our corporate partnership with Baron. PrISUm is the Iowa State University Solar Car Team, a student run organization which designs, builds, and races vehicles powered by ... more
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A little tension yields enormous solar crystals
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
In the race to replace silicon in low-cost solar cells, semiconductors known as metal halide perovskites are favored because they can be solution-processed into thin films with excellent photovoltai ... more
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France gets green light for green support schemes
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
The French government has bloc-level support for developing more renewable energy as it makes its way to 2020 benchmarks, the European Commission said Friday. ... more
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UNIST researchers develop wearable solar thermoelectric generator
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A recent study, led by Professor Kyoung Jin Choi in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST has introduced a new advanced energy harvesting system, capable of generating electricity ... more


Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percent

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Researchers set time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion e ... more
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India gets lending support for a greener grid
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Regional lenders said Thursday they were offering hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to support the greening up of the power sector in India. ... more
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'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables: IEA
Paris (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The renewable energy sector is growing faster than expected, driven largely by a "new era" in solar power and strong expansion in China, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. ... more
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Elemental Energy closes financing for Western Canada's first utility scale solar project
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Elemental Energy Inc. has closed construction and term debt financing for the 17 megawatt Brooks Solar project located in Newell County, Alberta. National Bank of Canada is the sole lender on the tr ... more



A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The world's oceans cover approximately 70 percent of Earth's surface and contain roughly 93 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide (CO2). With around 38,000 gigatons (Gt) of carbon, our world's oceans contain 16 times as much carbon as that found on land or in the atmosphere combined. "With greater attention being directed at mitigating the effects CO2 can have on the environment, an inter ... more
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... more
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
With the start of construction of a new wind farm off the coast of Germany, officials said the nation's economy was supported through low-carbon efforts. German energy company E.ON, with support from Norway's Statoil, hosted a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Arkona offshore wind farm, which formally started in late August. Christian Pegel, a regional Germany en ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
The U.S. needs at least twice as many charging points for EV
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The number of plug-in ports for electric vehicles would need to increase more than 130 percent to meet future growth, a U.S. Energy Department study found. The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates there are 16,000 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles nation-wide, with 43,000 actual plugs available as of June. That number supports the more th ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Uber competitor hits Paris roads with Chinese help
London (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
UK car sales skid lower in September on poor consumer confidence
Paris (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Renault plans China growth, more electric vehicles
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and is considered by many to be a potential clean fuel of the future. Water and fossil fuels contain large amounts of hydrogen, but unlocking molecular dihydrogen fuel from these sources takes a great deal of energy, casting doubt over any future hydrogen economy. Turning water into hydrogen using solar energy could lead the way to cheap and ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Ultra-fast and ultra-sensitive hydrogen sensor
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new method for capturing radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is cheaper and more effective than current methods, a potential boon for the energy industry, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. "Our capture method by far outperforms all current technologies and may change the landscape of energy production worldwide," said Timo Thonhauser, the ... more
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
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'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Predicting insect feeding preferences after deforestation
Annapolis, MD (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Like a scene from the movie Alien, insect parasitoids inject their eggs into unsuspecting hosts, their offspring grow and eat from within, eventually bursting out leaving dead, empty host vessels. These tiny predators, many of them wasps, can have major ecological and economic impacts. For example, wasps in the genus Melittobia attack pollinating bumblebees. Parasitoid wasp larvae feed on ... more
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
New gravitational wave hits Earth
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes - a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge. A paper about the new gravitational wave, known a ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
London, UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
British Technology at Heart of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Three Ears Listen Even More Accurately Than Two
Columbia engineers invent breakthrough millimeter-wave circulator IC
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Harish Krishnaswamy, associate professor of electrical engineering, in collaboration with Professor Andrea Alu's group from UT-Austin, continue to break new ground in developing magnet-free non-reciprocal components in modern semiconductor processes. At the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February, Krishnaswamy's group unveiled a new ... more
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
New quantum computer chip uses sounds waves to store data
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Move towards 'holy grail' of computing by creation of brain-like photonic microchips
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Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Looking tired and haggard, William Coronado pulls up before dawn with a boat full of fish on the muddy shore of Nicaragua's Lake Managua, a dumping ground for trash and waste. "The lake is so polluted. They throw all sorts of crap into it," said the 56-year-old. "Containers, old buckets, all sorts of bags - all the junk they throw away in Managua. It's a disgrace." Coronado spent two da ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
Former Hong Kong leader appears in court over sandwich 'attack'
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Unpopular former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying testified Wednesday in a case involving a sandwich thrown at him by a pro-democracy activist. The sandwich was aimed at Leung, the city's then leader, as he was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election - but it missed and hit a police officer. In court, a stern-looking Leung occasionally smiled as he was questioned b ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
Marines test 3D-printed small drones
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
U.S Marines have tested small 3D-printed drones to demonstrate their flexibility and usefulness to troops in the field. The testing of the additive-manufactured vehicles, supplied by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, took place late last month at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "At this point we are focusing on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions," Eric Spero, ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo
Electrically heated textiles now possible via UMass Amherst research
Amherst MD (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Commuters, skiers, crossing guards and others who endure frozen fingers in cold weather may look forward to future relief as manufacturers are poised to take advantage of a new technique for creating electrically heated cloth developed by materials scientist Trisha Andrew and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They have made gloves that keep fingers as warm as the palm of the ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Unexpected discovery leads to new theory of liquid streaming
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Saab supplying radar to U.S. Coast Guard
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Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstrat ... more
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
As microchips become ever smaller and therefore faster, the shrinking size of their copper interconnects leads to increased electrical resistivity at the nanoscale. Finding a solution to this impending technical bottleneck is a major problem for the semiconductor industry. One promising possibility involves reducing the resistivity size effect by altering the crystalline orientation of int ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid


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