If the Sun's energy can be harnessed to power agricultural vehicles, our dependence on polluting fossil fuels and costly biofuels will decrease. New research is helping us to get closer to this vision.
European scientists explored the prospect of using algae and other aquatic biomass (OAB) as innovative raw materials for biofuels production. By performing a full cycle analysis - from collection to fuel use - the project activities are expected to unlock the potential of algae for additional applications apart from energy.
An official from the KACST said that the ISO certificate will be a major landmark in the development of solar energy projects of the Kingdom, which also signifies the global recognition to the ongoing solar project. The Kingdom's solar projects benefit from nanotechnology provided by the KACST.
Drained wetlands in Sweden account for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as Swedish industry. This is shown by a summary of research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency this week.
An unexpected source of new, clean energy has been found: the Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell that can generate electricity from the natural interaction between living plant roots and soil bacteria. The technique already works on a small scale and will soon be applied in larger marshland areas throughout the world.
To communicate climate change and adaptation to stakeholders such as European forest owners is a challenge. A new study shows, for the first time, the importance of two personal factors; when forest owners believe in and see the effects of climate change, they are more likely to have taken adaptive measures.
The new KESTCELLS research project, which aims to develop a network for the interdisciplinary training of researchers in advanced thin films photovoltaic (PV) technologies, will increase the European competitiveness of existing technologies.
The environment has a more formidable opponent than carbon dioxide. Another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, is 300 times more potent and also destroys the ozone layer each time it is released into the atmosphere through agricultural practices, sewage treatment and fossil fuel combustion. Luckily, nature has a larger army than previously thought combating this greenhouse gas.
Renewable energy has become the most cost-effective way to generate electric power for hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are not on the grid, a new IRENA policy brief reveals. Renewable energy has also become the least-cost option for extending grid supply in areas with suitable resources, such as sun and wind.
The European SustainValue research project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland develops new types of tools for sustainable industrial development. According to Senior Scientist Teuvo Uusitalo of VTT, the methods and indicators used at present entail risks, since they tend to over-emphasise the economic perspective and that of individual companies.