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July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 — Widely hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, hydroelectric dams have been built worldwide at an unprecedented scale. But new research reveals that these major infrastructure ... read more

Bioenergy in the Upper Rhine Area: Potential for Improvement

June 30, 2015 — Scientists have analyzed the potentials of sustainable use of biomass on the Upper Rhine. The conclusion drawn by the researchers: Further increase in biomass production is limited, as this would ... read more

New Formula Expected to Spur Advances in Clean Energy Generation

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have devised a new formula for calculating the maximum efficiency of thermoelectric materials, the first new formula in more than a half-century, designed to speed up the development of ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Scientists report the development of two novel devices that derive power directly from evaporation -- a floating, piston-driven engine that generates electricity causing a light to flash, and a ... read more

New Methane Bioreactor Produces Environmentally Friendly Energy, Mitigates Climate Change

June 16, 2015 — A new methane bioreactor boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. The new technology can help ... read more

Bacteria Could Help Clean Groundwater Contaminated by Uranium Ore Processing

June 15, 2015 — A strain of bacteria that 'breathes' uranium may hold the key to cleaning up polluted groundwater at sites where uranium ore was processed to make nuclear weapons, scientists say. A group ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Researchers have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle ... read more

June 9, 2015 — It's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy, experts say. A new report is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can ... read more

Stable Perovskite Solar Cells Developed Through Structural Simplification

June 8, 2015 — Perovskite solar cells are promising low-cost and highly-efficient next-generation solar cells. Now a research team has successfully developed perovskite solar cells with good reproducibility and ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Scientists are helping the paper industry to convert paper sludge - the largest waste stream from paper factories - into bio-oils and raw materials suitable for re-use. They aim to build a ... read more

Design Innovations Are Blowing in the Wind

June 3, 2015 — Researchers are using state-of-the-art modelling techniques to study the effects of wind on cities, paving the way for design innovations in building, energy harvesting and drone ... read more

June 3, 2015 — Electric buses are an eco-friendly alternative to diesel. Researchers have developed a concept to swiftly recharge buses while they operate routes. System testing in Dresden has been underway since ... read more

It Takes a Village: Why Do Consumers Participate in Wind Energy Programs?

June 2, 2015 — Why do people participate in programs that benefit the environment, even when there seems to be no direct personal benefit in taking part? More specifically, why would consumers pay good money for ... read more

June 2, 2015 — The heat generated by burning a fossil fuel is surpassed within a few months by the warming caused by the release of its carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a new study says. The release of CO2 into ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Researchers have learned how to eliminate pesky pinholes in perovskite solar cells. The pinholes in the top layer of the solar cell, known as the hole transport layer, were identified as a key cause ... read more

Forest-Based Bioenergy Policies Interlinked to National and EU Policies

June 2, 2015 — A study combined horizontal and vertical policy interactions with three policy layers: policy objectives, policy instruments and thematic elements in implementation. National bioenergy policies were ... read more

Solar Power: Finding Safe and Efficient Home Storage Systems

June 2, 2015 — How do I find the right storage system for my application? This question is asked by many potential buyers. Battery storage systems available on the market differ considerably in terms of safety, ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Norway has the best geological ‘carbon dioxide sponge’ in the world, says an expert of climate technology. Without carbon capture and storage, the world will be unable to achieve the aim of ... read more

May 29, 2015 — Hybrid cars have been a success. The shipping industry is now moving in the same green ... read more

Innovative Components Pave Way for Cheaper Wind Energy

May 28, 2015 — Wind turbines began cropping up across the landscapes of Spain and Germany in the 1990s'. These two countries have the highest wind energy production in the EU. But according to the Global Wind ... read more

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