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October 26, 2017
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Air pollution cuts solar energy potential in China



Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
China is rapidly expanding its solar power supply, hoping to meet 10 percent of the nation's electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But there's a problem: severe air pollution is blocking light from the sun, significantly reducing China's output of solar energy, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the country. This issue is worst in the winter, when - according to research from Princeton University - air pollution in these regions blocks about 20 percent of sunlight from reachi ... read more

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New fractal-like concentrating solar power receivers are better at absorbing sunlight
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing sunli ... more
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Recurrent Energy Announces Commercial Operation of 71 MW North Carolina Solar Project
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Recurrent Energy reports that the commercial operation of the 71 MWac/92 MWp IS-42 solar photovoltaic project, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina has commenced. "The completion of th ... more
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ABC Solar catches a CAB to land a PTO from SCE
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) October 25, 2017
ABC Solar president Bradley Bartz caught a CAB today and it looks like it might be a solid turn in his journey. The journey is to get a 10.8 KW Solar PV and Advanced Battery system its Permission-to ... more
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German utility sees potential in rooftop solar
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
A German wholesale retailer will get about 9 percent of its total electricity needs met through an agreement on rooftop solar installations, utility E.ON said. ... more
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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 ... 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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'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



Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change. This would be a massive undertaking, involving the conversion of hundreds of thousands of square miles - at its most ambitious, more than the combined land area of Texas and Califor ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
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Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Robot wars: US smashes Japan in giant days-long duel
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
In scenes reminiscent of films like "Transformers", a giant US robot fighting machine swung a "chainsaw sword" to chop a Japanese opponent into submission in a battle watched by tens of thousands online. The two massive and heavily armed machines went claw-to-claw at an abandoned steel mill in Japan, firing cannons and smashing each other in a days-long duel. California-based firm MegaBo ... more
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
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
Tesla to build wholly-owned Shanghai plant: WSJ
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Tesla has reached an agreement with Shanghai authorities that would make it the first foreign automaker to build its own plant in China, putting it in the driver's seat in the world's biggest electric-vehicle market, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Silicon Valley electric carmaker's wholly-owned manufacturing facility would be built in Shanghai's free-trade zone, the Wall Street Journa ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Delphi boosts self-driving efforts with $400 mn deal for nuTonomy
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Study: Millions of miles of planned roads shouldn't be built
Singapore (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Singapore to freeze number of cars on its roads
Electronic entropy enhances water splitting
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Researchers have long known that cerium is the best element to use when splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen - a key technique in creating hydrogen gas for fuel. But why, exactly, cerium is so successful has been far less understood. Now a Northwestern University team led by Chris Wolverton has discovered that cerium's electronic entropy, which is created when an electron transitions a ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Ames UConn team discover superconductor with bounce
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
MATRIX pitched as a game changer for used fuel dry storage
Paris (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
AREVA TN, the nuclear logistics affiliate of New AREVA, is launching an advanced used nuclear fuel storage overpack, NUHOMS MATRIX. With its improved capacity and performance, NUHOMS MATRIX addresses the challenges faced by our customers when it comes to storing used fuel safely, efficiently and competitively. The unique 2-level horizontal and modular set-up reduces the independent spent f ... more
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
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
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Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Utility companies in the Japanese market face an uphill battle in meeting targets for the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Moody's reported Monday. Moody's Investors Service reported that Japan faces challenges in meeting its commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Based on March levels, the report found emissions from the utility sector will need to be cut by as much as 50 p ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
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
Indigenous groups warn Paris accord imperiled by deforestation
London (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Indigenous leaders and forestry experts warned on Tuesday that without more funding and protection for forests and their peoples, the world will fail to meet the ambitious goals set by the Paris Agreement. In "a declaration of the guardians of the forest," the coalition of indigenous groups called on countries to help stop the killing of its leaders, ensure legal recognition of their lands a ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Forest fires contributed to record global tree cover loss
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends on August 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars - a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, f ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Space Station Unit to Study Genetics of Model Organisms
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Acoustic gravity waves pinpoint where and when objects hit ocean surface
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature. The incredible breakthrough will not only revolutionise the way we do chemistry but could be applied to enhance data storage and make faster electronics. The "once-in-a-decade" discovery has been publish ... more
Singapore (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Research team led by NUS scientists breaks new ground in memory technology
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Researchers bring optical communication onto silicon chips
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Nanoelectronic breakthrough may lead to more efficient quantum devices
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Nobel laureate wants global environment court
Tegucigalpa (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkul Karman proposed in Honduras on Tuesday the creation of a global tribunal to prosecute executives of multinational firms who damage the earth. Karman, of Yemen, made the suggestion in the Central American country that Amnesty International last year described - along with its neighbor Guatemala - as the most dangerous in the world for environmentalists. ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Levels of microplastics in the Baltic have remained constant for 30 years
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
India top court bans dirty fuel to fight Delhi's bad air
Santiago (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chile to ban plastic bags in coastal regions
What is Xi thinking? China's leader makes the constitution
Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
China's most powerful leader in decades entered Communist Party folklore on Tuesday when cadres voted overwhelmingly to engrave the Xi Jinping way into their constitution. "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era," adds a new section to the already-weighty party tome, and puts the 64-year-old Chinese president in distinguished company. Only two other me ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Fears mount over bookseller 'freed' by China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
China's Xi welcomes 'objective' media at restricted event
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
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
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
High field magnet at BER II offers Insights into a hidden order
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Crystals comprising the elements uranium, ruthenium, rhodium, and silicon have a simple geometric structure and should no longer be hiding any secrets. However, that is not the case - quite the contrary. At temperatures below 17.5 Kelvin, a new internal order emerges: Something in the material orders in some yet undisclosed way, releasing a certain amount of heat as a signature. Known is o ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Solid or liquid? Researcher proposes a new definition of glass
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
Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications. In the future almost all new ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Terahertz spectroscopy goes nano
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Long nanotubes make strong fibers
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
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