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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Low-Cost Offshore Wind Turbine Created

Nov. 6, 2015 — Researchers have designed and patented a floating platform for offshore wind turbines that can reduce energy costs to 12 euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) through a more efficient design and cheaper ... read more

Chemical Complexity Promises Improved Structural Alloys for Next-Gen Nuclear Energy

Oct. 30, 2015 — Researchers are investigating ways to design structural materials that develop fewer, smaller flaws under irradiation. Radiation can harm spacecraft, nuclear power plants and high-energy ... read more

Exploiting Renewable Energy While Allowing for Protecting Biodiversity

Oct. 29, 2015 — Global expansion of bioenergy possesses serious threats to biodiversity, whereas solar energy could have potential for power provision with limited impacts on biodiversity, say ... read more

Life Cycle Assessment Approach Combines Environmental With Economic Factors to Determine Greenhouse Gas Reductions for Varying Forms of Bioenergy

Oct. 28, 2015 — A new study sets out to calculate the true costs and benefits associated with replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy in varying forms for numerous s applications. The life cycle assessment approach ... read more

Wave-Particle Interaction in Atmosphere

Oct. 27, 2015 — A new study sheds light on the impact of plasma waves on high-energy electrons streaking into Earth's magnetic field from ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Solar storms and the particles they release result in spectacular phenomena such as auroras, but they can also pose a serious risk to our society. In extreme cases they have caused major power ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — A firm has developed an evaporative cooler that has an integrated photovoltaic system isolated from the electrical network, which enables to refresh an area of ??approximately 200 square ... read more

Canadian Researchers Find Geothermal Heat Pumps Most Feasible in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers have recently conducted a survey of four Canadian cities to determine the economic feasibility of installing geothermal heating systems in homes in Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — There is an inexhaustible amount of energy lying right beneath our feet. It is a renewable and stable energy source -- free of carbon dioxide emissions. Researchers are now planning to drill deep ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — A better understanding of how light reflects off different surfaces has improved action movies, videogames and now solar panels. Researchers have found a way to get more sun to shine on the panels ... read more

National Contributions Provide Entry Point for the Low-Carbon Transformation

Oct. 22, 2015 — While the currently submitted national contributions to the new global climate agreement do not yet put the world on track to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, they imply an unprecedented ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — Microorganisms in the sea organize their power supply via tiny power-cables, thus oxidizing the greenhouse gas ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — A team of researchers made a decisive step towards a redox-flow battery which is simple to handle, safe and economical at the same time: They developed a system on the basis of organic polymers and a ... read more

'Green' Buildings Bring in More Green

Oct. 20, 2015 — 'Green' commercial buildings bring in more revenue for landlords, according to new research. Environmentally friendly office buildings have higher rents and occupancy rates as well as more ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Advances in ultrathin films have made solar panels and semiconductor devices more efficient and less costly, and researchers say they've found a way to manufacture the films more easily, ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — In March 2011 at Fukushima, the fuel's cladding, a zirconium alloy used to contain the fuel and radioactive fission products, reacted with boiling coolant water to form hydrogen gas, which then ... read more

Analysis Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Similar for Shale, Crude Oil

Oct. 15, 2015 — A pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation have been released by researchers. The reports show that shale oil production generates greenhouse gas emissions at levels ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — The federal Renewable Fuel Standard and its overreliance on corn ethanol has created additional environmental problems in its 10-year history, resulting in unmet targets for cutting air pollution, ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — Researchers have identified a contributing factor to short lifetime in perovskite solar cells with silver electrodes. Currently, the most common electrode material in perovskite solar cells is gold, ... read more

Breakthrough for Iron Based Dyes Can Lead to Cheaper and Environmentally Friendly Solar Energy Applications

Oct. 13, 2015 — Researchers have found a new way to capture energy from sunlight – by using molecules that contain iron. The hope is to develop efficient and environmentally friendly solar energy ... read more

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