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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Recognizing Health Concerns in Wind Energy Development a Key Recommendation in New Study

Jan. 26, 2016 — As wind energy development blossoms in Canada and around the world, opposition at the community level is challenging the viability of the industry. A new study identifies four major factors leading ... read more

Study Provides Insights on Sources of Environmental Contamination Following Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Jan. 19, 2016 — Four years after Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that led to major releases of radioactivity to environment, questions still remain regarding the original sources of ... read more

How Will Climate Policy Affect Energy Access Goals?

Jan. 14, 2016 — Without new subsidies and policies to support increased energy access, new climate policies could push access to modern energy out of reach for millions in Asia. Currently, three billion people ... read more

Optimum Band Gap for Hybrid Silicon/perovskite Tandem Solar Cell

Jan. 8, 2016 — Tandem solar cells based on silicon and perovskites have raised high hopes for future high efficiency solar modules. A team has now shown that an ultimate efficiency of 30 percent should be ... read more

Norway's EV Purchasing Spree Is Climate Friendly, Researchers Say

Dec. 18, 2015 — If every other passenger car in Norway is plugged into the electric network by 2020, Europe will have to produce more electricity – mainly from coal-fired power plants – to meet the demand. But ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Renewable fuels from pyrolysis bio-oil has been created by researchers. Pyrolysis bio-oil is produced by rapidly heating the forest residues in an oxygen-free environment and then rapidly cooling the ... read more

Solar Cells That Can Face Almost Any Direction and Keep Themselves Clean

Dec. 16, 2015 — In recent years, a complicated discussion over which direction solar cells should face -- south or west -- has likely left customers uncertain about the best way to orient their panels. Now ... read more

'Hydricity' Concept Uses Solar Energy to Produce Power Round-the-Clock

Dec. 15, 2015 — Researchers are proposing a new 'hydricity' concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — A detailed account has been provided by researchers of how to control the electron charge of nanoparticles of platinum, an important catalyst in fuel cells, to maximize the efficiency of the ... read more

Dec. 8, 2015 — In solar flow batteries, the proposed charging process links harvesting solar energy and storing it as chemical energy via the electrolyte. Scientists built a solar flow battery that uses an ... read more

Economically Viable US Renewable Generation

Dec. 8, 2015 — Analysts are providing, for the first time, a method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States. A study applying this new method found that renewable energy ... read more

Plant-Inspired Power Plants

Dec. 8, 2015 — A team of chemical engineers recently identified the two main factors for determining the optimal catalyst for turning atmospheric CO2 into liquid fuel. The results will streamline the search for an ... read more

Faster Groundwater Remediation With Thermal Storage

Dec. 8, 2015 — Aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) is more than a renewable energy source. The storage and extraction of heat and cold can remediate polluted groundwater ten times faster than existing ... read more

Minuscule Pillars Double the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Dec. 8, 2015 — Solar cells are generally flat. However, by adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface, it is possible to more than double the amount of energy produced for each surface. Researchers now show ... read more

Carbon Capture Analyst: 'Coal Should Stay in the Ground'

Dec. 2, 2015 — Serious flaws have been found in a decade's worth of studies about the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize the climate, report experts in a new ... read more

Dec. 2, 2015 — Scientists have introduced a new strategy for generating more efficient solar ... read more

UN Report Takes Global View of 'Green Energy Choices'

Dec. 2, 2015 — A new UNEP report offers a comprehensive comparison of the greenhouse gas mitigation potential for a number of alternative energy methods -- including wind, solar, geothermal, and ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — Building and operating offshore wind farms is an expensive business. To be able to estimate the profitability of the plants, first the wind potential must be determined. Researchers have now created ... read more

Benefits and Trade-Offs of Low-Carbon Energy

Nov. 30, 2015 — Policymakers, industry and government officials will have to invest US $2.5 trillion for electricity generation over the next 20 years. A new report presents the environmental costs and benefits ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — To limit climate change, experts say that we need to reach carbon neutrality by the end of this century at the latest. To achieve that goal, our dependence on fossil fuels must be reversed. But what ... read more

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