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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Svalbard's Electric Power Could Come from Hydrogen

Feb. 7, 2017 — The energy supply to Longyearbyen, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, is a hot topic in the climate debate. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative centre of ... read more

Powerful Change: A Profile of Today's Solar Consumer

Feb. 7, 2017 — People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Researchers are studying corrosion to help industry develop longer-lasting photovoltaic panels and increase ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry. These humanmade materials have become the basis for the creation of cancer therapies, ... read more

Improving Prognoses for a Sustainable Future

Jan. 23, 2017 — Whether it's electric automobiles, renewable energy, carbon tax or sustainable consumption, sustainable development requires strategies that meet people's needs without harming the ... read more

Technological Progress Alone Won't Stem Resource Use

Jan. 19, 2017 — While some scientists believe that the world can achieve significant dematerialization through improvements in technology, a new study finds that technological advances alone will not bring about ... read more

Harnessing the Energy of Fireworks for Fuel

Jan. 18, 2017 — The world relies heavily on gasoline and other hydrocarbons to power its cars and trucks. In search of an alternative fuel type, some researchers are turning to the stuff of fireworks and explosives: ... read more

Extreme Space Weather-Induced Blackouts Could Cost US More Than $40 Billion Daily

Jan. 18, 2017 — The daily US economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Emissions of methane, a potent climate-warming gas, in the San Francisco Bay Area may be roughly twice as high as official estimates, with most of it coming from biological sources, such as ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel, say ... read more

One Radiator to Heat a Whole Floor

Jan. 12, 2017 — Saving energy from building highly insulated homes — often called passive homes or zero-emissions homes — makes sense for the climate and for the homeowner's pocketbook. But what happens if ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — Researchers have directly shown that electrons generated when light strikes a well-oriented perovskite film are unrestricted by grain boundaries and travel long distances without deteriorating. ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium, scientists have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — Scientists have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — The rollout of Sweden’s first wireless charging buses earlier this month was coupled with something the rest of the world could use – namely, a tool for cities to determine the environmental and ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a new type of cooperative photosynthesis that could be used in engineering microbial communities for waste treatment and bioenergy ... read more

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems

Jan. 9, 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 new ... read more

Off-Grid Power in Remote Areas Will Require Special Business Model to Succeed

Jan. 6, 2017 — Low-cost, off-grid solar energy could provide significant economic benefit to people living in some remote areas, but a new study suggests they generally lack the access to financial resources, ... read more

Turning Up the Thermostat Could Help Tropical Climates Cool Down

Jan. 5, 2017 — New research done in Singapore shows that slightly raising indoor temperatures and equipping office workers with smart fans saves significantly on overall office building energy costs while ... read more

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