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October 24, 2017
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Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'



East Lansing MI (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, scientists report in Nature Energy. Led by engineering researchers at Michigan State University, the authors argue that widespread use of such highly transparent solar applications, together with the rooftop units, could nearly meet U.S. electricity demand and drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels. "Highly transp ... read more

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How solar peaker plants could replace gas peakers
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) can be a night-only dispatchable (D-CSP) plant; with its entire solar energy absorbed by day to be delivered after dark to cover the evening peak load on the grid, acc ... more
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Clean Energy Collective Starts Construction on SCE and G Community Solar Facilities
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction has begun at two of the three solar facilities to be completed for one of the nation's largest utility-sponsored community solar programs, SCE and G announced this week. The 16 megawatt ... more
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SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
We will see you in Wuxi to cut chalks and get off the grid for good. Bradley Bartz, founder of ABC Solar Incorporated of California is opening his solar R and D off grid lab to show off, play and in ... more
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Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kin ... more
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Rooftop solar carving out a niche in China
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Installing solar panels on rooftops across China will position the only U.S.-listed company in the market as the clear leader, ReneSola announced Monday. ... more
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Think laterally to sidestep production problems
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Super thin photovoltaic devices underpin solar technology and gains in the efficiency of their production are therefore keenly sought. KAUST researchers have combined and rearranged different semico ... 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
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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
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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
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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. ... 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



Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2. This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through. Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes the separation process much more effective. When it comes to extracting natural gas or producing bioga ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
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
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an "extremely promising" new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Australia's international wind energy company Windlab Limited will begin construction of the innovative $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdin ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
Lyft gets $1 bn from Google parent to rev up challenge to Uber
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. Lyft said the new funding gives it a valuation of $11 billion as it steps up competition against Uber, reeling from a series of missteps and scandals which have forced out its founder and chief executive. ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from taking place. Comprehending and reducing turbulence will facilitate the development of fusion as a safe, clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity from power plants around the wo ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Loops of liquid metal can improve future fusion power plants
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Paris (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
MATRIX pitched as a game changer for used fuel dry storage
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IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
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
Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Ask someone to draw a tree and s/he will invariably draw a trunk and branches - leaving the roots out of the picture. In a unique study of tropical tree roots at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute published in PLOS ONE, roots accounted for almost 30 percent of the total biomass of young trees. The authors hope that future estimates of carbon storage and water-use by tropical forests wil ... more
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Do you have what it takes to think like a scientist? Well, put on your lab coats and thinking caps because NASA is challenging U.S. high school students to participate in research related to the International Space Station as part of its 2018 Drop Tower Challenge. Students are asked to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity, but will be expelled as far as possible fr ... more
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
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
Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics. Found at the heart of electronic devices, silicon-based semiconductors rely on the controlled electrical current responsible for powering electronics. These semiconductors can only access the elec ... more
Singapore (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Novel 'converter' heralds breakthrough in ultra-fast data processing at nanoscale
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Bridging the terahertz gap
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
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Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban
Ayia Napa, Cyprus (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Cyprus struggles to manage waste as tourist numbers soar
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small museum, and visitor Cai Tian thinks he knows why. "Th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a company developing a portfolio of technologies for reliable automatic flight. The U.S. airline manufacturing giant and the Pittsburgh-based company also teamed to look into business opportunities in emerging markets, Boeing said in a news release Thursday. "This partnership will accelerate technology solutions that we feel will be key ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
GA-ASI in cooperative agreements with South Korean entities
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
These headsets are made for walking over Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It's available for use on all d ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Xenesis Licenses Cutting Edge IP from NASA/JPL
The Hague (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'
Charlottesville, VA (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Using space to study ultra-cold materials
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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
Long nanotubes make strong fibers
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it's best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist and chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali, which demonstrated its pioneering method to spin carbon nanotube into fibers in 2013, has advanced the art of making nanotube-based materials with two new papers in the American C ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
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
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