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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

New Molecular Butterflies Help Advance Energy Research

July 22, 2015 — A new family of molecules that physically resemble butterflies is pushing the boundary of new materials research, scientists report. With these precisely designed molecules, the team also plans to ... read more

July 21, 2015 — In the last decade, graphene has been intensively studied for its unique optical, mechanical, electrical and structural properties. The one-atom-thick carbon sheets could revolutionize the way ... read more

July 20, 2015 — A new study shows that a 'non-wetting' surface, like those to create non-stick cookware, improves solar cell ... read more

Perovskite Solar Technology Shows Quick Energy Returns

July 20, 2015 — In the solar power research community, a new class of materials called perovskites is causing quite a buzz, as scientists search for technology that has a better 'energy payback time' than ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Devices consuming the energy of electromagnetic radiation, such as absorbers and sensors, play an essential role in the using and controlling of light. Researchers have now demonstrated the first ... read more

Siting Wind Farms More Quickly, Cheaply

July 17, 2015 — A new statistical technique that yields better wind-speed predictions than existing techniques do -- even when it uses only three months' worth of data -- has been revealed by researchers. That ... read more

Unique Material Created for the Next Generation Solar Cells

July 17, 2015 — Researchers have developed material which offers much cheaper alternative to the one which is currently being used in hybrid solar cells. The efficiency of the semi-conductors created by the team of ... read more

July 16, 2015 — A team of scientists discovered that electrical conduction in graphene on the picosecond timescale -- a picosecond being one thousandth of one billionth of a second -- is governed by the same basic ... read more

Mercury Scrubbers at Power Plant Lower Other Pollution Too

July 15, 2015 — Air pollution controls installed at a coal-fired power plant to curb mercury emissions are unexpectedly reducing another class of harmful emissions as well, scientists say in a new ... read more

July 15, 2015 — In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but ... read more

Are Fuel Cells Environmentally Friendly? Not Always

July 15, 2015 — Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells ... read more

July 15, 2015 — When a rhythm stalls, the effect can be fatal -- in a power grid it can mean a blackout, and in the human heart even death. An international team of scientists has now developed a new approach for ... read more

New Fuel-Cell Materials Pave the Way for Practical Hydrogen-Powered Cars

July 15, 2015 — Hydrogen fuel cells promise clean cars that emit only water. Several major car manufacturers have recently announced their investment to increase the availability of fueling stations, while others ... read more

Law Governing Anomalous Heat Conduction Revealed

July 14, 2015 — How heat travels, matters. Yet, there is still no consensus on the exact physical mechanism that causes anomalous heat conduction -- despite the existence of previous numerical simulation, ... read more

Is the Energy System Really Ready for Sustainable Energy?

July 14, 2015 — New research into sustainable energy systems focuses on integrating renewable and nuclear power plants into the electrical grid – a topic high on the agenda for scholars, industry and policy ... read more

July 13, 2015 — A researcher employs a clay typically used for gardening to develop a proton-conducting, bulk nanostructured ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new type of material which stores heat energy for a prolonged period, which they have termed a "heat storage ceramic." This new material can be used as heat ... read more

July 12, 2015 — A new material design could make low-cost solar panels far more efficient by greatly enhancing their ability to collect the sun’s energy and release it as ... read more

July 10, 2015 — Are wind farms harmful to humans? This controversial topic makes emotions run high. To give the debate more objectivity, an international team of experts dealt with the fundamentals of hearing in the ... read more

Norway Could Be Europe's 'Green Battery'

July 10, 2015 — Norwegian hydropower could make Norway the "green battery" of Europe -- not by building new power plants, but by further developing the hydropower installations that were built out ... read more

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