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February 23, 2017
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Alberta backing bioenergy programs



Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. The government said it was offering up to $45 million to support a bioenergy producer program aimed at deriving fuels from crops and livestock waste. The industry already powers the equivalent of 200,000 average households in Alberta and contributes around $600 million to the provincial economy on top of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. About 500 new jobs ... read more

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A better way to farm algae
Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have i ... more
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DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
DuPont Industrial Biosciences has been awarded a grant from the European Commission to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project, funded ... more
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Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel
Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will switch to biofuels made from landfill rubbish on select long haul flights, reports said Tuesday, in an effort to cut harmful emissions. ... more
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Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, info ... more
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Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends
Advanced sensor technology has been developed for the accurate determination of the biofuel content of diesel blends used in a wide range of automotive and industrial power applications. Hand ... more
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Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits
Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five m ... more
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Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy
A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. Two pyrolysis experts are g ... more
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Handheld sensor unit determines biofuel content of diesel blends
Advanced sensor technology has been developed for the accurate determination of the biofuel content of diesel blends used in a wide range of automotive and industrial power applications. Hand ... more
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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil
Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii--sugarcane and napiergrass--may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access ... more
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WSU researchers discover unique microbial photosynthesis
Researchers at Washington State University have discovered a new type of cooperative photosynthesis that could be used in engineering microbial communities for waste treatment and bioenergy producti ... more


Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems

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Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop
Scientists have confirmed that Miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much as switchgrass in the U.S. using an open-source bioenergy crop database gain ... more
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Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development
The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by economists at ... more
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Biomass operations aren't currently feasible in rural communities
There has been some thought among those in the fields of forestry and rural development that biomass processing plants might offer an economic boost to rural communities. ... more
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Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications
Michigan State University scientists have engineered "molecular Velcro" into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae's biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The fin ... more

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Printable solar cells just got a little closer
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface ... more
Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say

Trina Solar modules eligible for calls for tenders in France

Oil prices move lower after testing new water
Crude oil prices moved lower early Wednesday after running into a wall in the midst of the euphoria surrounding OPEC's latest rhetoric. Crude oil prices moved sharply higher in Tuesday trading after the secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries boasted of the strong support from an agreement to limit total production to 32.5 million barrels per day. " ... more
Report: Rosneft builds Middle East portfolio with Kurdish deal

US-led coalition expects to stay in Iraq after Mosul

U.S. shale company Whiting expecting more production

US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Michigan meets renewable energy targets

British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm

Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Stabilizing energy storage
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed. Some of the current technologies that are potenti ... more
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System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "How ... more
China delays nuclear reactor start again

German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016

Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper is available now online in 'early view' ahead of being featured on the cover in the print edition on March 1. (A pdf of the paper is also available here). Said to be the largest human artifact on t ... more
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2

NTU Singapore invents ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones

Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
A fitting tribute to a local legend or a grotesque misuse of money? The decision to build the world's tallest statue just off Mumbai's coast has divided the city. But the traditional Koli community, who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, fear they will be worst hit by the construction, warning that it threatens their centuries-old existence. India will spend 36 billion rupees ($53 ... more
Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue

Bee decline threatens US crop production

ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon
Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA. The Space Station flies 400 km above our planet at 28 800 km/h, experiencin ... more
When ultrafast laser pulse meets magnetic materials

Sky and Space signs agreement with US Department of Defence

Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration

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Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics
You may not realize it but alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphones, computers and other personal electronic devices. When your computer crashes and you get the dreaded blue screen or your smartphone freezes and you have to go through the time-consuming process of a reset, most likely you blame the manufacturer: Microsoft or A ... more
Artificial synapse for neural networks

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New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

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Graphene from soybeans
A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world's strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised electronics to biomedical devices. These properties also enable thinner wire connections; providing e ... more
How to roll a nanotube: Demystifying carbon nanotubes' structure control

UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer

Graphene foam gets big and tough

In Atmospheric River Storms, Wind Is a Risk, Too
Atmospheric river storms are hailed as drought-busters when they bring needed rain and snow, but they have a well-known dark side: damaging floods. A new NASA study documents a second destructive force in these storms: high winds. The study shows that atmospheric rivers were associated with almost half of the most extreme mid-latitude windstorms globally for the past 20 years, doing billio ... more
Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite

Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

Earth Science on the Space Station continues to grow

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Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics. The process opens the way for the production of large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth (a sheet of paper, by comparison, is 100,000nm thick). Other techniques have proven unreliable in terms of quality, difficult to scale up and function only at ver ... more
Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws. At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The roar of a departing Rafale fighter jet gives way to the buzz of a drone lifting into the air on a runway at the air base, so ... more
Leonardo supplying radars for Patroller drones

Ukroboronprom presents modified Phantom unmanned vehicle

Milrem displays THeMIS modular unmanned ground vehicle

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and ... more
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report

Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Robotics engineers often find their inspiration from nature. For six-legged robots, a nature-inspired gait proved an impediment to maximum speed. Researchers at the University of Lausanne and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, UNIL and EPFL, wanted to find out if there was a faster way for their insect-inspired robot to scurry. Most insects walk with a tripod gait, keeping th ... more
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot

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