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April 30, 2017

Pathway for Generating Up to 10 Terawatts of Power from Sunlight by 2030

Apr. 25, 2017 — The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being ... read more

A Better Life in the Outback: Improving Living Standards in the Australian Desert Region

Apr. 19, 2017 — People who live in desert regions are perceived as living in hardship and isolation and surviving largely due to subsidies from the 'mainstream' economy. New research suggests that for some ... read more

How Campuses Can Measure Their Nitrogen Footprints

Apr. 18, 2017 — A new groundbreaking initiative helps researchers to measure and reduce the nitrogen footprint left behind by campus activities like food waste and energy consumption. The publication outlines ... read more

New Perovskite Ink Opens Window for Quality Cells

Apr. 18, 2017 — Scientists have developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar ... read more

Battery Prototype Powered by Atmospheric Nitrogen

Apr. 13, 2017 — As the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, nitrogen has been an attractive option as a source of renewable energy. But nitrogen gas doesn't break apart under normal conditions, ... read more

Next 10 Years Critical for Achieving Climate Change Goals

Apr. 13, 2017 — In order to have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, it will be necessary to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking ... read more

New Class of Optoelectronic Materials Developed

Apr. 11, 2017 — A new class of semiconductor materials has been pioneered that might enhance the functionality of optoelectronic devices and solar panels -- perhaps even using one hundred times less material than ... read more

Americans Used More Clean Energy in 2016

Apr. 10, 2017 — Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts. Overall, energy consumption was nearly ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Thanks to the innovative radar scanner, defects in the material composition of the wind turbine blades can now be detected with far greater accuracy and visualized in a cross-sectional view, thereby ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen, and splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen for fuel is a promising path for alternative energy. One of the main obstacles to making hydrogen production a ... read more

Apr. 6, 2017 — Researchers have examined the geology of a scientific borehole drilled into the Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA, to investigate the potential for geothermal energy at depth. The site discussed in this ... read more

Researchers Offer Novel Method for Calculating the Benefits of Renewable Energy

Apr. 4, 2017 — A novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources has now been developed by researchers. This method can help to assess the future exploitable technical potential of wind and ... read more

Renewable Energy Needed to Drive Uptake of Electric Vehicles

Apr. 4, 2017 — Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving ranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study. In a new article, experts say that ... read more

Bio-Inspired Energy Storage: A New Light for Solar Power

Mar. 31, 2017 — Inspired by the western Swordfern, a groundbreaking prototype could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. The new type of electrode could boost ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — Researchers are experimenting with reducing drag on trucks with electric wind devices that mimic the way vortex generators increase lift on airplane ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — Wind and sun, two unpredictable resources, are becoming ever more important as sources of energy in Europe. This means that we face a growing need for energy storage facilities, because if energy ... read more

Mar. 27, 2017 — To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a ... read more

Mar. 24, 2017 — A type of bacteria accidentally discovered during research could fundamentally reshape efforts to cut the huge amount of electricity consumed during wastewater clean-up. The discovery has upended a ... read more

Building a Market for Renewable Thermal Technologies

Mar. 24, 2017 — Renewable thermal technologies have significant market potential in the state if supported by appropriate public policy and financing tools, a new analysis ... read more

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