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December 04, 2017
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NREL develops switchable solar window



Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Relying on such advanced materials as perovskites and single-walled carbon nanotubes, the new technology responds to heat by transforming from transparent to tinted. As the window darkens, it generates electricity. The color change is driven by molecules (methylamine) that are reversibly ab ... read more

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Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Borrego Solar have announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort' ... more
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Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Roof-mounted solar panels are an increasingly common sight in many places. As a source of cheap, clean electricity, their advantages are obvious. However, most solar panels are opaque, and therefore ... more
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Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina Faso and France on Wednesday launched West Africa's biggest solar farm, a 33-megawatt facility designed to power tens of thousands of households and ease dependence on imported energy. ... more
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Improving solar cells by watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that could offer new insights into develo ... more
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Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cell phone screens
Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advan ... more
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Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fu ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA's TSIS-1 keeps an eye on Sun's power over ozone
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
High in the atmosphere, above weather systems, is a layer of ozone gas. Ozone is Earth's natural sunscreen, absorbing the Sun's most harmful ultraviolet radiation and protecting living things below. ... more
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Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
A new catalyst created by U of T Engineering researchers brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis - a system that, just like plants, would use renewable energy to convert carbon diox ... more
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Expanding wavelength range for solar energy conversion
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Hydrogen gas is a promising "green" fuel. The lightest chemical element, hydrogen is an efficient energy store and could potentially replace gasoline in vehicles. However, the element does not exist ... more
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Glass microparticles enhance solar cells efficiency
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Scientists from ITMO University suggested a new solar cell coating that combines features of an electrode and those of a light-trapping structure. The coating enabled researchers to cut down on refl ... more


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Learning from photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth ... more
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Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Engineers at the University of Maryland have found that porous types of wood from trees like poplar and pine can greatly increase the efficiency of water-to-steam conversion under sunlight. The find ... more
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Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand water desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials and into external circuits for human use, have existed in on ... more
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Recurrent Energy secures debt financing for 20 MW California solar project
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Recurrent Energy a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. has closed on a combined construction loan and construction letter of credit facility for the 20 MWac/28 MWp Gaskell West 1 solar po ... more



Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
One of the greatest threats to the environment today is wastewater left over from production activities. Agricultural practices, such as pig farming, produce a large amount of wastewater containing organic contaminants, malodorous gases, and other substances that are damaging to the water supply. Usual methods of treating and recycling such wastewater include aeration, applying it as fertilizer ... more
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to l ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Lockheed Martin autonomous driving system tops 55,000M in extended test
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Amazon brings Alexa from the home to the office in a new AI push
Corvallis OR (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
GM recalling 1 million cars in China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
US auto giant General Motors and its partners in China will recall nearly one million vehicles over a fuel tank issue, a Chinese regulator said Friday. It is the latest recall to hit car companies in China in recent months. GM and its joint venture partners SAIC and Wuling Automobile will recall 938,686 vehicles starting December 1, according to China's General Administration of Quality ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
SoftBank offer for Uber shares to cut valuation: reports
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Traffic-weary Chinese man fined for repainting road lines
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
GM sees 2019 launch for self-driving taxi fleet
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it was planning a battery system for a floating wind farm that will be "smart " enough to compensate for calm conditions. The company said Tuesday its Hywind facility off the coast of Scotland, the first floating wind farm in service in the world, will be equipped next year with batteries to store power. "The purpose is to 'teach' the battery ... more
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Musk's record-breaking battery officially launches in Australia
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Batteries with better performance and improved safety
Beijing, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
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For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
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Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
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
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide - a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States - is locked in the living vegetation of one African country that holds much of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, according to new research. The study conducted by NASA, UCLA and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Germ ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
An international collaboration of scientists from RIKEN's Ulmer Fundamental Symmetries Laboratory (FSL), Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg and GSI Darmstadt, have used high-precision techniques to make the most precise measurement to date of the magnetic moment of the proton, finding it to be 2.79284734462 plus or minus 0.00000000082 nucle ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Microwave-based test method can help keep 3-D chip designers' eyes open
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a new approach to testing multilayered, three-dimensional computer chips that are now appearing in some of the latest consumer devices. The new method may be the answer the semiconductor industry needs to quickly assess the reliability of this relatively new chip construction model, which stacks layers of flat ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
A step forward for quantum computing
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Quantum simulators wield control over more than 50 qubits, setting new record
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Quantum systems correct themselves
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UN makes global bid to end 'rampant' pollution
Paris (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Environment ministers from about 100 countries gather in Nairobi next week to issue a clarion call against air, land and water pollution blamed for some nine million deaths in 2015. Ministers under the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will finalise a global declaration vowing to combat "rampant pollution" as a growing threat to human life, economies and ecosystems. Seven million of those d ... more
Beirut (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Serious health risks from Lebanon waste burning: report
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Cricketers flounder in New Delhi's hazardous smog
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
99 percent of ocean microplastics could be identified with dye
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
A 63-year-old Tibetan monk has self-immolated in southwest China in protest against Beijing's presence in Tibet, campaigners said, the fifth person to do so this year. Tenga, a popular monk and volunteer teacher of village children, died after setting himself ablaze Sunday in Sichuan province's Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, said the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), headquarter ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms
Paris (ESA) Dec 03, 2017
ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a 'missing link' between drones and satellites. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, or HAPS, are platforms that float or fly at high altitude like conventional aircraft but operate more like satellites - except that rather than working from space they can remain in position inside the at ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 23, 2017
Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Chemists have developed another catalyst that can selectively activate a carbon-hydrogen bond, part of an ongoing strategy to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis and open up new chemical space. The journal Nature is publishing the work by chemists at Emory University, following on their development of a similar catalyst last year. Both of the catalysts are able to selectively func ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts
Singapore (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Device could reduce the carbon footprint of ethylene production
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Researchers inadvertently boost surface area of nickel nanoparticles for catalysis
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Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
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
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
An international team of researchers from MIPT; Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS; Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS; Skoltech; and Aalto University (Finland) has examined the optical and dielectric properties of thin macroscopic films based on single-walled carbon nanotubes and obtained an explanation for the metallic nature of their conductivity using infrared and terahertz spectroscopy. ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
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