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May 25, 2017

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May 25, 2017

Fuel from the Air Technology Provides a Path to New Business for OPEC Countries

May 24, 2017 — Pioneering technology makes OPEC countries prime regions to produce synthetic fuels. This could be a key asset in phasing out fossil fuels after the Paris Agreement, while also keeping some of the ... read more

May 19, 2017 — A new paper describes a new approach to revolutionize the production of molecular hydrogen. This gas is considered to be one of the most promising energy carriers of the ... read more

May 18, 2017 — Scientists have built high-capacity lithium metal batteries with anodes made of a graphene-carbon nanotube hybrid. The anodes quench the formation of damaging ... read more

Nanophysics: Saving Energy With a Spot of Silver

May 18, 2017 — Tomorrow’s computers will run on light, and gold nanoparticle chains show much promise as light conductors. Now scientists have demonstrated how tiny spots of silver could markedly reduce energy ... read more

May 18, 2017 — Hydrogen is an alternative source of energy that can be produced from renewable sources of sunlight and water. A group of researchers has developed a photocatalyst that increases hydrogen production ... read more

May 18, 2017 — Many elements are required for making the energy system more sustainable. Among them are smart solar storage systems, smartly interconnected energy grids, and electricity-based synthetic fuels ... read more

Better Cathode Materials for Lithium-Sulphur-Batteries

May 17, 2017 — Scientists have for the first time fabricated a nanomaterial made from nanoparticles of a titanium oxide compound (Ti4O7) that is characterized by an extremely large surface area, and tested it as a ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Scientists are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the power of ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the first ... read more

Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy

May 16, 2017 — A 54 percent majority of US adults believe that 'government regulations are necessary to encourage businesses and consumers to rely more on renewable energy sources,' while 38 percent ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Scientists have examined how salt domes behave and conclude that the U.S. Department of Energy is justified in extending the life of the Strategic Petroleum ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Rare Earth elements have become increasingly important for advanced technologies, from cell phones to renewable energy to defense systems. Mineral resources hosted in heavy mineral sand deposits are ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Smart windows that act as blinds in the summer and let all the sunlight through in the winter. That's the idea of the reflective windows that are able to reflect invisible infrared light but ... read more

Self-Healing Tech Charges Up Performance for Silicon-Containing Battery Anodes

May 15, 2017 — Researchers have found a way to apply self-healing technology to lithium-ion batteries to make them more reliable and last ... read more

Producing Fertilizer from Air Could Be Five Times as Efficient

May 15, 2017 — Scientists bring the prospect of farmers producing their own fertilizer from only air closer with a revolutionary reactor that coverts nitrogen from the atmosphere into NOx, the raw material for ... read more

Photovoltaics and Batteries: An Expensive Combination

May 15, 2017 — Solar power can cover up to 40% of the electricity needs of a typical household. Going beyond that level becomes really expensive: using batteries coupled with solar panels would be twice as ... read more

May 12, 2017 — The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries. Researchers have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, ... read more

Is This the 'Holey' Grail of Batteries?

May 11, 2017 — In a battery system, electrodes containing porous graphene scaffolding offer a substantial improvement in both the retention and transport of energy, a new study ... read more

May 10, 2017 — The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers. In addition to sequencing the genome, other genetic facts emerged that ultimately ... read more

Can the Motion of Checking Your Smartwatch Charge It?

May 10, 2017 — Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) are small devices that convert movement into electricity, and might just be what bring us into an era of energy-harvesting clothes and implants. But could TENGs, ... read more

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