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April 25, 2017

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

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 — 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

Apr. 5, 2017 — Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk, according to a new study. It will also escape into the atmosphere as a ... 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

Will Grass Become the New Gasoline?

Mar. 31, 2017 — A new process that turns grass into biofuel has been developed by scientists. Although it might sound revolutionary, there’s still a lot to do before this becomes reality, however. Right now the ... 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 — The 2016 election year highlighted the growing problem of wealth inequality and finding ways to help the people who are falling behind. This human urge of compassion isn’t new, but the big question ... 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

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

Mar. 24, 2017 — A new project aims to create an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for advanced solar cells. The technique could lead to unique catalysts ... read more

When Air Pollution Is Bad, Know How to Protect Yourself

Mar. 23, 2017 — There are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our families from air pollution, which has well-documented negative consequences for childhood asthma, birth outcomes, pregnancy risks, ... read more

Revealing the Microscopic Mechanisms in Perovskite Solar Cells

Mar. 21, 2017 — In just a few years, researchers have achieved remarkable power conversion efficiency with materials with perovskite crystal structure, comparable with the best photovoltaic materials available. Now, ... read more

Mar. 21, 2017 — In the future, solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart little nano-tricks, suggest investigators in a new ... read more

Liquid Storage of Solar Energy: More Effective Than Ever Before

Mar. 20, 2017 — Researchers have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed, they ... read more

Nanotube Film May Resolve Longevity Problem of Challenger Solar Cells

Mar. 17, 2017 — Researchers have lengthened the lifetime of perovskite solar cells by using nanotube film to replace the gold used as the back contact and the organic material in the hole ... read more

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