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October 17, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed 'the future'



Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as "the future" Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) trip through the heart of Australia to Adelaide. Dutch car "Nuna 9" won the race for the third-straight time, crossing the finish line on Thursday after travelling at an average s ... read more

ENERGY TECH
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting widely to the U.S. grid: They require energy-storage systems that, at t ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Sandia scientists find the optimal way to mop up surplus solar flux on CSP towers
Almeria, Spain (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Excess solar flux could be harnessed and used to generate additional electricity at a tower CSP plant, by cladding part of the tower containing the receiver with photovoltaic (PV) panels, according ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light - and could help save the rainforest. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Solar power a clear leader, IEA report finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
For the first time ever, there were more grid additions from solar power than another other type of fuel, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. ... more
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Xcel Energy community solar garden program is the largest in the country
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community program now has 40 active community solar gardens delivering more than 100 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to customers - making this the largest community ... more
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Phenometrics Introduces New Solar Spectrum Light
Lansing MI (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Phenometrics has introduced a new accessory for their PBR-101 photo bioreactors, the FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system. The FSL-200 has a superior LED whose light produces a more accurate solar spe ... more
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Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
French energy company Total said Thursday it was playing an active role in the decarbonization of the French economy with a push deeper into the solar market. ... more
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Statoil taps solar market in Brazil
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it was expanding its footprint in the Brazilian energy market even further, this time with solar energy. ... more
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Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Dutch team "Nuon" Thursday won an epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across Australia's outback for the third-straight year, continuing its dominance of an innovative contest showcasing new vehicle technology. ... more
CHIP TECH
Prototype shows how tiny photodetectors can double their efficiency
Riverside CA (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have developed a photodetector - a device that senses light - by combining two distinct inorganic materials and producing quantum mechanical pro ... more


Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records

SOLAR DAILY
Obama makes impassioned plea for clean energy in Argentina
Cordoba, Argentina (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Former US president Barack Obama made an impassioned plea on Friday for the world to embrace clean energy and overcome climate change at a gathering of experts in Argentina. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
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 ... more
SOLAR DAILY
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



Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. The robot, the brainchild of local startup AiTreat, began work at a clinic in the city-state this week and performs "tui na", a type of massage practised in traditional Chinese medicine. Emma, which stands for Ex ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to new research from Carnegie's Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a "Tesla tax" aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars in a heavily criticised move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented mar ... more
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Paris (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Tesla recalls Model X vehicles for seat fix
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's crust - such as magnesium or aluminum. These metals offer a high degree of safety, even if the anode i ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool - where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are remove ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
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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
Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Benedito de Souza scoops back sand hiding a nest of baby giant Amazon River turtles that he had covered over weeks ago to hide from predators. Suddenly exposed, dozens of the tiny reptiles make a run for it. During the dry season in Brazil's Amazon, the Purus River snaking through the Medio Purus Extractive Reserve shrinks to leave vast beaches on which thousands of turtles lay their eggs ev ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Milan (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars marks the first time both gravitational waves and light have been detected from the same cosmic collision. "Multimessenger astronomy," a new way of understanding the universe, ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New gravitational wave hits Earth
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
Quantum communications bend to our needs
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
The potential for photon entanglement in quantum computing and communications has been known for decades. One of the issues impeding its immediate application is the fact that many photon entanglement platforms do not operate within the range used by most forms of telecommunication. An international team of researchers has started to unravel the mysteries of entangled photons, demonstratin ... more
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
Madison WI (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
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Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
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Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Mao or never: In Xi's China, a village clings to past
Nanjie , China (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Disneyland has "Main Street, USA", a monorail and Mickey Mouse. China's Nanjie village has "East is Red Square", red trams and Mao Zedong. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the hamlet in central Henan province which has become an attraction with its idealised vision of village life right out of the Communist past. While the Communist Party prepares to give a second t ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Five things to know about China's Communist congress
New long range drones expected in 2018
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Tuesday that the company has officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. The transition comes after GA-ASI completed the last contracted MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system, which has been delivered to 12 U.S. Army operational units an ... more
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Marines test 3D-printed small drones
Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet. "Some people think that radiation will keep NASA from sending people to Mars, but that's not the current situation," said, Pat Troutman, NASA Human Exploration St ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Saab upgrading Norwegian radars under NATO contract
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Understanding rare earth emulsions
San Jose, United States (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset
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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
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities - and the best performance so far in a textile-based superc ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid


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