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October 30, 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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Fitch: U.S. decision on Paris doesn't matter for renewable growth
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
The U.S. plan to withdraw from the multilateral Paris climate agreement doesn't matter for the pace of growth for renewables globally, Fitch Ratings said. ... more
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Oil-rich Alberta adding more solar components
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Canada's oil-rich province of Alberta took further steps toward a balanced economy through small-scale solar installations, provincial and local leaders said. ... more
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UNIST researchers develop highly stable perovskite solar cells
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a highly stable perovskite solar cells (PSCs), using edged-selectively fluorine (F) functionalized graphene nano-platelets (EFGnPs). This breakthr ... 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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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


Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet

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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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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
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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



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
Stiff fibers spun from slime
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
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided with a truck it mistook for a cloud, killing its passenger. Self-driving cars depend on a form of machine learning called deep learning. Modeled after the human brain, layers of artificial neur ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
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
Opel drives Peugeot's sales, but China stalls
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen said that revenues grew strongly in the third quarter, powered by the recent acquisition of Opel-Vauxhall, but car sales stalled in the key market of China. PSA said in a statement that group-wide revenues jumped by 31.4 percent to 15 billion euros ($17.6 billion) in the period from July to September. In its core brands of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, rev ... more
London (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Energy firms back investment into diesel engine
Bad Birnbach, Germany (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Self-driving bus to shuttle Bavarian townsfolk
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Paris city bikes go electric
Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Rechargeable batteries based on magnesium, rather than lithium, have the potential to extend electric vehicle range by packing more energy into smaller batteries. But unforeseen chemical roadblocks have slowed scientific progress. And the places where solid meets liquid - where the oppositely charged battery electrodes interact with the surrounding chemical mixture known as the electrolyte ... more
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Ames UConn team discover superconductor with bounce
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Plastic and metal-organic frameworks partner for sensing and storage
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Scientists get first close-ups of finger-like growths that trigger battery fires
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
Dessel, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Dessel: a new step forward with the dismantling of the site
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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
Peat bogs defy the laws of biodiversity
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Alexandre Buttler, head of EPFL's Ecological Systems Laboratory (ECOS), and Luca Bragazza, a scientist at ECOS, along with a team of European researchers including two former EPFL post-docs, analyzed 560 intact peat bog samples from 56 European countries to study how peat bog ecosystems respond to different temperatures, precipitation levels and air pollution levels. They found that peat b ... more
Norwich UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests
London (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Indigenous groups warn Paris accord imperiled by deforestation
Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Forest fires contributed to record global tree cover loss
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Taking black holes (as a real object) as a test material, scientists from the Ural Federal university (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) found out that a popular theory of gravity which had seemed to work perfectly at the cosmological level (a subclass of Horndeski theory) is hardly applicable to the real world. They presented their study in the Classical and Quantum Gravity journal. At the moment, acc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
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
Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Silicon has provided enormous benefits to the power electronics industry. But performance of silicon-based power electronics is nearing maximum capacity. Enter wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. Seen as significantly more energy-efficient, they have emerged as leading contenders in developing field-effect transistors (FETs) for next-generation power electronics. Such FET technology would b ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Resistive memory components the computer industry can't resist
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Nanoelectronic breakthrough may lead to more efficient quantum devices
Singapore (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Research team led by NUS scientists breaks new ground in memory technology
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Chile to ban plastic bags in coastal regions
Santiago (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet signed a bill Wednesday that seeks to ban plastic bags in more than 100 coastal areas in a bid to halt the accumulation of ocean plastic. Bachelet said the move was aimed at "taking care of our marine ecosystems." "Our fish are dying from plastics ingestion or strangulation, it's a task in which everyone must collaborate," she said in a speech in the s ... more
Rome (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Schools closed over fears of toxic wind from Italy steel plant
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
China accuses Xi rivals of vote rigging
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China's ruling Communist Party says three of its top former officials rigged votes during earlier party congresses, in a move that sheds light on the fall of members of Xi Jinping's rival factions. The senior figures were removed from office over the last few years as part of Xi's sweeping corruption crackdown, which some analysts have called a political purge. An article published by Xi ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Xi takes short cut to China's Communist pantheon
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Activists fear more crackdowns in Xi's 'new era'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
China's Xi welcomes 'objective' media at restricted event
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 26, 2017
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
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
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Laser beams for superconductivity
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Turning a material upside down can sometimes make it softer
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
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
Terahertz spectroscopy goes nano
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated a way to bring a powerful form of spectroscopy - a technique used to study a wide variety of materials - into the nano-world. Laser terahertz emission microscopy (LTEM) is a burgeoning means of characterizing the performance of solar cells, integrated circuits and other systems and materials. Laser pulses illuminating a sample material cause t ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
New technique produces tunable, nanoporous materials
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Jumping nanoparticles
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