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NSF $400K grant to research turbulence caused wear and tear on wind turbines

Researchers have documented that one of the key reasons the costs for wind energy remain high is because wind turbines have shorter lifespans compared to other energy-producing technologies, which can be directly linked to wear and tear caused by turbulence. Finding a solution to this problem is the aim of this new grant.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2013

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SunShot Initiative funds project to advance solar cells

With support of a $3.5 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the team will develop new ultra-thin silicon solar cells designed to increase the amount of electricity that can be produced through direct conversion of sunlight.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2013

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Safe long term storage of CO2 is possible

At the final conference of the EU project CO2CARE - CO2 Site Closure Assessment Research - more than 60 experts from academia, industry and regulatory authorities from 13 countries discussed technologies and procedures for a safe and sustainable closure of geological CO2 storage sites.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2013

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Solar Energy: Improved Data mining tool for hourly solar radiation

Solar energy is free, clean, and usually available in abundance. However, solar radiation is also less predictable than many kinds of fossilfuel. Researchers at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems have developed a model that allows a more accurate prediction of hourly solar radiation.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2013

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New aluminum alloy stores hydrogen

We use aluminum to make planes lightweight, store sodas in recyclable containers, keep the walls of our homes energy efficient and ensure that the Thanksgiving turkey is cooked to perfection. Now, thanks to a group of Japanese researchers, there may soon be a new application for the versatile metal: hydrogen storage for fuel cells.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2013

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Electronics for safe, efficient electric vehicles

Although increasing numbers of electric vehicles are being sold in Europe, the internal combustion engine still remains king of the road. EU-funded researchers are trying to change that, developing technology that promises to significantly improve the range and efficiency of EVs without compromising comfort or safety.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2013

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Building towards 'nearly zero energy' cities

An ambitious four-year project is to develop and demonstrate replicable strategies for designing, constructing and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities. The results will open the way for new refurbishments that bring the EU closer to its 2020 goal of ensuring that all new buildings consume very little energy.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2013

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New ideas needed to meet California's 2050 greenhouse gas targets

California is on track to meet its state-mandated targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for 2020, but it will not be able to meet its 2050 target without bold new technologies and policies. This is the conclusion of the California Greenhouse Gas Inventory Spreadsheet (GHGIS), a new model developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to look at how far existing policies and technologies can get us in emissions reductions.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2013

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