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Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

Scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use. More at DOE/Lawrence Berkeley

2017-09-19T10:23:19+00:00 Tags: |

Scientists make methanol using air around us

Scientists have created methanol from methane using oxygen from the air. Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures. But researchers have discovered they can produce methanol from methane through simple catalysis that allows methanol production at low temperatures using oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. The findings have major implications for cleaner,

2017-09-11T17:19:26+00:00 Tags: |

Cooling system works without electricity

It looks like a regular roof, but the top of the Packard Electrical Engineering Building at Stanford University has been the setting of many milestones in the development of an innovative cooling technology that could someday be part of our everyday lives. Since 2013, Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering, and his students and research

2017-09-09T06:26:14+00:00 Tags: |

Tarlac university develops solar-powered generator

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) successfully tested and launched recently in Tarlac City a multi-voltage system solar power generator developed by the Tarlac State University (TSU) which can generate enough power to run airconditioners,  lights, refrigerators, television sets and electric fans simultaneously and at a lower cost. In a bulletin post, the DOST

2017-09-04T09:51:58+00:00 Tags: |

Poor contract enforcement in India is turning away renewable power investors

Falling renewable energy tariffs in India have prompted some state governments to tell generators that they can’t buy the energy at prices agreed upon, exposing the businesses to risks due to poor enforcement of contracts in Asia’s third-largest economy. Investors panicked earlier this year when the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, which account

2017-09-04T09:29:30+00:00 Tags: |

Put solar power in the poor’s hands. It’ll pay off for all

Arizona is the sunniest state in the nation. Yet only about 5 percent of the state’s electricity is generated from solar energy. And Arizona added fossil-fuel pollutants faster than any other state between 1990 and 2007, worsening air quality, contributing to climate change and increasing the frequency and severity of forest fires, drought, heat waves

2017-09-07T02:24:20+00:00 Tags: , |

Solar garden is first in nation linked to an energy assistance program

Five groupings of solar panels are now catching sunlight around the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, producing electricity that will ultimately help tribal families in need. The shared community solar garden is the first of its kind dedicated to help low-income people in Minnesota, and the first in the nation formally integrated with an energy assistance

2017-09-03T20:20:39+00:00 Tags: |

This Sustainable Clean Energy Solution Costs Less Than an iPhone

Avant Garde Innovations, an Indian cleantech startup, has developed an affordable and small wind turbine that generates energy for less than three-quarters of the cost of its traditional counterparts, promising to make clean energy affordable to enterprises and households alike. “It will bring down the cost of setting up small wind turbine equipment from a

2017-08-29T07:30:07+00:00 Tags: |

139 Countries Could Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Under New Plan

A research group based at Stanford University has drawn a plan for nations to reduce global warming by relying on solar and wind power. Nations that create the vast bulk of the Earth’s greenhouse gases can eliminate carbon emissions — thereby slowing climate change and other damaging consequences — if they move aggressively toward energy

Supervolcanoes for energy

Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. But Stanford scientists say there are large deposits in sources right here in America: supervolcanoes. In a study published today in Nature Communications, scientists detail a new method for locating lithium in supervolcanic lake deposits. The

2017-08-22T06:46:45+00:00 Tags: |

Distributed wind power keeps spinning, growing

Both businesses and homeowners are increasingly using distributed wind power thanks to innovative business models and other trends, according to a new report released today. The 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report offers the fifth annual analysis of distributed wind power, which largely involves generating wind power near where it will be used instead of purchasing it

2017-08-14T03:07:11+00:00 Tags: |

Solar glasses generate solar power

Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight -- and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells. Researchers now present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a microprocessor and two displays

2017-08-08T07:15:39+00:00 Tags: |

Governor Cuomo Announces 850 Solar Projects Across New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 850 solar projects have been installed or are in development in communities across New York State through the second round of locally-organized "Solarize" campaigns. Launched by the Governor in December 2014, New York's Solarize program is an important component in supporting the State's Clean Energy Standard, which requires

2017-08-08T06:21:11+00:00 Tags: |

Sri Lanka launches tender for 10 MW solar project

The solar facility will sell power to local utility Ceylon Electricity Board under a long-term PPA. Bids must be submitted by August 15. Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), which is Sri Lanka’s largest electricity provider, has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) for the construction of a 10 MW PV power plant. The CEB said the

2017-08-05T18:17:24+00:00 Tags: |

UNIST Hits New World Efficiency Record with Perovskite Solar Cells

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST finds key to produce a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance of 22.1 % in small cells and 19.7 percent in 1-square-centimeter cells. This breakthrough comes from a research, conducted by Distinguished Professor Sang-Il Seok of Energy

2017-07-30T07:58:31+00:00 Tags: |

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on

2017-07-23T07:45:16+00:00 Tags: |

Scientists design solar cell that captures nearly all energy of solar spectrum

A George Washington University researcher helped design and construct a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum. The new design, which converts direct sunlight to electricity with 44.5 percent efficiency, has the potential to become


London startup Bulb to convince people to switch to renewable energy

London startup Bulb has a bigger aim than trying to convince people to download an app: It's trying to rethink how energy suppliers work. Bulb is a green energy supplier, with all of its electricity and 10% of its gas coming from renewable sources. The company says it now has 70,000 customers. Cofounder Hayden Wood

2017-07-17T02:53:21+00:00 Tags: |

Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor

Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen – the cleanest source of energy. The paint contains a newly developed compound that acts like silica gel, which is used in sachets to absorb moisture and keep food, medicines and electronics fresh and dry. But unlike silica

2017-07-07T08:23:02+00:00 Tags: |