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February 26, 2017
Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel

Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare earth metal can prove too much - shortening catalyst times and yielding unwanted chemical byproducts. ... read more

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. ... more
A better way to farm algae
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
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
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
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
Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 31, 2017
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
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
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
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends
London, UK (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
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
Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits
Urbana IL (SPX) Jan 11, 2017
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
Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy
Ames IA (SPX) Jan 13, 2017
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
Handheld sensor unit determines biofuel content of diesel blends
London, UK (SPX) Jan 13, 2017
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
Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil
Honolulu HI (SPX) Jan 06, 2017
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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Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jan 10, 2017
When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University ... more
Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop
Urbana IL (SPX) Jan 10, 2017
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
Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jan 03, 2017
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
Biomass operations aren't currently feasible in rural communities
Corvallis, Ore. (UPI) Dec 28, 2016
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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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key eleme ... more
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
US authorities clear Dakota pipeline protest camp
Chicago (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Law enforcement with armored vehicles and bulldozers entered a North Dakota campsite on Thursday, clearing out dozens of people who had refused to vacate an oil pipeline protest. State officials said they had arrested 46 people and officially cleared the camp of demonstrators by mid-afternoon, making way for a cleanup operation. "Many protesters exited the camp voluntarily throughout the ... more
New York (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Oil prices in the black on declining reserves and stockpiles
Zug, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Transocean says its phone is ringing
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Oil and gas wastewater spills alter microbes in West Virginia waters
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
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
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
Milan, Italy (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Stabilizing energy storage
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
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
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
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German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy provider RWE on Thursday announced a surprise loss of 5.7 billion euros for 2016, hit by writedowns on its plants and one-off costs related to the country's exit from nuclear power. "The difficult market environment made impairments necessary. In addition, the nuclear energy fund imposed a substantial one-off burden on us," chief executive Rolf Martin Schmitz said in an unsched ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China delays nuclear reactor start again
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
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Kymeta aimes to deliver terabyte connectivity to the car of the future
Redmond WA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Kymeta, has announced that its 20 cm mTenna satellite antenna subsystem module (ASM) for the consumer connected car industry, successfully connected to the Intelsat satellite constellation. This successful test continues Kymeta's progress toward bringing high throughput, secure mobile connectivity to the automotive industry and follows the partnership announced with Toyota Motor Corporation at t ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
Mumbai (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
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
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop
Burlington VT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Bee decline threatens US crop production
Paris (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
French Greens offer hair to highlight pesticide risks
Terahertz chips a new way of seeing through matter
Princeton NJ (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Electromagnetic pulses lasting one millionth of a millionth of a second may hold the key to advances in medical imaging, communications and drug development. But the pulses, called terahertz waves, have long required elaborate and expensive equipment to use. Now, researchers at Princeton University have drastically shrunk much of that equipment: moving from a tabletop setup with lasers and mirro ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New metamaterial is first to achieve performance as predicted by theoretical bounds
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Designing new materials from 'small' data
Washington (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Raytheon gets contract for Silent Knight radar systems
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Combining the ultra-fast with the ultra-small
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of terahertz electron dynamics of a semiconductor surface on the atomic scale. The successful experiment indicates a bright future for the new and quickly growing sub-field called terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy (THz-STM), pioneered by the University of Alberta in Canada. THz-STM allows researchers to image electron behaviour at ex ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Artificial synapse for neural networks
Nashville TN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A new spin on electronics
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
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
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
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Graphene from soybeans
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
How to roll a nanotube: Demystifying carbon nanotubes' structure control
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Graphene foam gets big and tough
'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The Earth's core consists mostly of a huge ball of liquid metal lying at 3000 km beneath its surface, surrounded by a mantle of hot rock. Notably, at such great depths, both the core and mantle are subject to extremely high pressures and temperatures. Furthermore, research indicates that the slow creeping flow of hot buoyant rocks - moving several centimeters per year - carries heat away f ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission
Ottobrunn, Germany (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
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Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. Much like flipping your light switch at home - -only on a scale 1,000 times smaller than a human hair - -an ASU-led team has now developed the first controllable DNA switch to regulate the flow of electricity within a single, atomic-sized mole ... more
Ramat Gan, Israel (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists create a nano-trampoline to probe quantum behavior
Lincoln NB (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
U.S. Navy's wingman drone technology used in combat trials
Washington (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Navy research teams recently completed combat trials with the branch's Tactical Battle Manager system using unmanned aerial vehicles. The Tactical Battle Manager system, or TBM, is a software platform designed to coordinate combat missions using "wingman" UAVs to assist manned and unmanned teams in combat. Researchers tested the system in a simulated beyond-visual-range combat scen ... more
Mont-De-Marsan, France (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Israeli warplanes shoot down Hamas drone: army
Rome (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Leonardo supplying radars for Patroller drones
Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
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
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. The bots in question were employed by Wikipedia to perform a variety of editing and maintenance tasks. Editing bots repair vandalized text, enforce content and language bans, check and fix spelling, insert links ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world

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