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Electromobility as privacy hazard

Consumers who charge an electric vehicle on a regular basis may leave a data trail. With each charging process, the system saves when and where it took place and which customer paid for it - a privacy risk, say researchers.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2014

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The fuel cell for home

It converts chemical energy directly into electrical energy. Still, there hadn?t been a market breakthrough for the fuel cell. The systems were too complex. Now, Fraunhofer and Vaillant have developed a simple device for home use.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2014

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Solar modules embedded in glass

Organic solar modules have advantages over silicon solar cells. However, one critical problem is their shorter operating life. Researchers are working on a promising solution: they are using flexible glass as a carrier substrate that better protects the components.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2014

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Torrefaction: the bioenergy newcomer

Torrefaction - the slow roasting of biomass material to improve its energy content - has been touted as part of a solution for the large-scale implementation of bioenergy. Experts, researchers and manufacturers gathered in Brussels earlier this month to discuss progress and prospects for torrefaction at the recent European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) conference.

Posted: May 30th, 2014

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An environmental standards information portal for Europe

Europe has a vast wealth of research results that support standards in relation to environmental aspects such as air, water, soil and waste. SIPE, an EU-funded project, brings all these results together and combines them with information on standards and policies in a single dedicated web-based portal.

Posted: May 30th, 2014

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New laser lab on wheels to reduce emissions

The Environmental Measurements Group and the Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have launched a new mobile laboratory to detect and measure emissions that are harmful to the environment.

Posted: May 30th, 2014

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Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning

An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning - but only a small portion of them have been able to make such plans part of their economic development priorities, according to a unique global survey of cities released today.

Posted: May 29th, 2014

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Rules to cut carbon emissions also reduce air pollution harmful to people, environment

Setting strong standards for climate-changing carbon emissions from power plants would provide an added bonus - reductions in other air pollutants that can make people sick; damage forests, crops, and lakes; and harm fish and wildlife. This, according to a first-of-its-kind study released today by scientists who mapped the potential environmental and human health benefits of power plant carbon standards.

Posted: May 27th, 2014

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