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Collecting Light with Artificial Moth Eyes

June 18, 2014 2:33 pm | by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) | News | Comments

All over the world researchers are investigating solar cells which imitate plant photosynthesis, using sunlight and water to create synthetic fuels such as hydrogen. Empa researchers have developed such a photoelectrochemical cell, recreating a moth’s eye to drastically increase...

Photos of the Day: 15 MW Test Rig Drive Unit Weighs 400 Tons

June 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist ... yet ...       

Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

June 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist ... yet ...       

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Power Plant Debate Prompts War of Stats

June 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. There's just one problem...

SOPCAWIND, a Multidisciplinary Tool for Designing Wind Farms

June 10, 2014 4:13 pm | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The SOPCAWIND tool is a piece of software that facilitates the design of wind farms, bearing in mind not only the aspects of energy productivity but also the possible impact the wind farm may have on the environment, radars or other telecommunications systems in the vicinity...

New Class of Nanoparticle Brings Cheaper, Lighter Solar Cells Outdoors

June 9, 2014 3:31 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Think those flat, glassy solar panels on your neighbour’s roof are the pinnacle of solar technology? Think again. Researchers have designed and tested a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle that outshines the current state of the art employing this new class of technology...

5 Things to Know about EPA's Power Plant Rule

June 3, 2014 10:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal announced Monday calls for the nation's fossil-fuel fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. But Environmental Protection Agency data shows that the nation's power plants...

Controlling Thermal Conductivities Can Improve Energy Storage

June 3, 2014 9:15 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

Controlling the flow of heat through materials is important for many technologies. While materials with high and low thermal conductivities are available, materials with variable and reversible thermal conductivities are rare, and other than high pressure experiments...

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Breakthrough in Energy Storage

June 2, 2014 5:47 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology developed at a University of Central Florida research lab...

Rare Chemical Phenomenon for Harvesting Solar Energy

June 2, 2014 5:34 pm | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A team of international scientists has successfully unraveled the chemical reaction responsible for propelling microscopic crystals to leap distances up to hundreds of times their own size when they are exposed to ultraviolet light. This popping effect...

Novel Laser System Mimics Sunlight to Test Solar Cell Efficiency

May 31, 2014 11:23 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a laser-based instrument that generates artificial sunlight to help test solar cell properties and find ways to boost their efficiency. The novel NIST system simulates sunlight...

Obama's Boldest Move on Carbon Comes with Perils

May 31, 2014 11:15 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new pollution rule the Obama administration announces Monday will be a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it's not one the White House wanted...  

Scientists Develop New Hybrid Energy Transfer System

May 27, 2014 3:13 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis. From photosynthesis to respiration, the processes of light absorption and its transfer into energy...

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Meaghan's Minute: Battery Harnesses Heat Waste

May 23, 2014 9:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a new alternative for low-temperature waste-heat conversion into electricity – that is...                

Planting the 'SEEDS' of Solar Technology in the Home

May 20, 2014 7:47 pm | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

In an effort to better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic systems for their homes, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use of solar energy...

Great Improvements Made for Nanogenerator Power Efficiency

May 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

The energy efficiency of KAIST's piezoelectric nanogenerator has increased by almost 40 times, one step closer toward the commercialization of flexible energy harvesters that can supply power infinitely to wearable, implantable electronic devices...

Advance Brings 'Hyperbolic Metamaterials' Closer to Reality

May 14, 2014 8:18 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials," ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells...

At Wal-Mart, Obama Praises Steps on Solar Power

May 12, 2014 10:35 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama came to a Wal-Mart store in Silicon Valley on Friday to praise new steps by businesses and communities to deploy solar energy, showcasing efforts to combat climate change that don't rely on a disinclined Congress...

Photos of the Day: Solar Car Reaches 93mph

May 8, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

Iran Students Gear Up Solar Car for US Challenge

May 8, 2014 10:53 am | by Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

Discovery Offers New Possibilities for Clean Energy Research

May 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit. "This new material is better than the traditional material..."

FCI Introduces its Latest Mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cables

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has introduced its mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cable (MSHD AOC) assembly, the latest addition to its portfolio of optical and electrical cabling solutions. The MSHD AOC solution is a four-channel cable that features...

Richardson RFPD Introduces New Low Noise Amplifier from Wavelex

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 0.2-1.0 GHz, N-connectorized low noise amplifier (LNA) from Wavelex. The WLA0210N LNA...

The EnOcean Alliance Welcomes Contemporary Controls as a New Member

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Contemporary Controls & EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

Contemporary Controls and the EnOcean Alliance have announced they have joined at Light+Building show in Frankfurt/Main, the world's biggest trade fair for lighting and building. Becoming a member of the EnOcean ecosystem for sustainable buildings...

SCHURTER’s New Compact Fuse for 3-Phase Systems

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has announced the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The highbreaking capacity of 1,500 A at rated voltage...

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