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Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

March 27, 2015 9:57 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for ... 

Research Holds Great Promise for Advancing Sustainable Energy

March 25, 2015 11:19 am | by Yankee Public Relations | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress...

New Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

March 25, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on...

New Kind of “Tandem” Solar Cell Developed

March 25, 2015 9:17 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines...

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New Law Requires Solar Panels (or Plants) on all Commercial Buildings

March 24, 2015 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Though the Step In Time dance from Mary Poppins is not longer an accurate depiction of the world above us, roof tops still play an interesting role in society. They're used as bars, patios, and places to hang out, but they can also serve as much better purpose. A new law ... 

Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Global Warming, Cool Down Cities

March 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve heard the claim (and I stress claim) that gas-guzzlers contribute to global warming, but hybrid and pure electric vehicles could reduce an entirely different sort of heat. According to researchers, electric vehicles (EVs) emit only 19.8% of the heat spewed by conventional ... 

Packing Peanuts Get Converted into Battery Components

March 23, 2015 2:52 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste ...                

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HotSpot Episode 106: A New App that Animates Your Life

March 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a ring that provides a shortcut to everything; using virtual reality to decorate your home; making health insurance easy with a new mobile app; and animate your life with Plotagon ...

A New Method For Making Perovskite Solar Cells

March 16, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells. The new method involves a room-temperature solvent bath to create perovskite crystals, rather than the blast of heat ... 

ASU Researchers Explore New Energy Storage Technology

March 9, 2015 10:29 am | by Jenny Green, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries have also grown in popularity for military, electric vehicle and aerospace applications ...

TI Drives Energy Management and Digital Power Innovation at APEC 2015

March 2, 2015 2:01 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) [NASDAQ: TXN] will demonstrate how its analog technologies and embedded processing are driving innovation in energy management for next-generation power designs at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), March 16-18 ...

A Less Cloudy Future with Cellular Networks

February 26, 2015 2:50 pm | by George Hunka, American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

When warm air comes into contact with a cool surface and chills to saturation, fog materializes. It blankets open roads and runways and dramatically reduces visibility - often causing devastating accidents ...              

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Photo of the Day: X-Ray Study Points to Higher Energy Yields

February 25, 2015 10:55 am | by Thomas Zoufal, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles can increase the performance of solar cells made from polymers - provided the mix is right. This is the result of an X-ray study at DESY's synchrotron radiation source PETRA III. Adding about one per cent of such nanoparticles by weight makes the solar cells more efficient, according to the findings of a team of scientists ...    

New Electrolyte Solution Rids Batteries of Short-Circuiting Fibers

February 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Franny White, DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new electrolyte for lithium batteries that's described in Nature Communications eliminates dendrites while also enabling batteries to be highly efficient and carry a large amount of electric current ...             

Apple’s Overseas High-Tech Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday ...      

EnOcean Launches Complete Wireless LED Control System

February 18, 2015 12:09 pm | by EnOcean | News | Comments

LED lighting is one of the most promising and fast-growing technologies of today. EnOcean now enables OEMs to unlock the full potential of LEDs with simple, easy-to-install, industry standard tools that offer energy conservation, personal control, and compliance ...          

Apple's $850M Solar Energy Project

February 11, 2015 10:14 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California ...                     

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Obama Creates New Agency to Coordinate Cyberthreat Intelligence

February 11, 2015 10:13 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government. The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center ...                    

Photos of the Day: Urban Solar Electric Car with 3D-Printed Body

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia ... 

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

New York City’s Largest Wind Turbine Stands 160-Feet Tall

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s residential curbside metal, glass, and plastic ... 

Where Does Bioenergy Fit Into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Audrey Resutek, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | News | Comments

Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses ... 

Important Milestones of Technology

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Sam Hudgins | News | Comments

Technology has come a long way, and it continues to advance at a rapid pace. From wearables to autonomous vehicles, here are a few of the great milestones that have occurred in technology ...                                      

Wearable Technology Alters Your Mind, Like Drugs

January 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, predictive cruise control that reacts to other vehicles; wearable technology that altrers you mind, like drugs; Nissan and NASA team up to create autonomous cars; an SDHC memory card that features NFC; and DARPA's program for tiny UAVs ...             

‘Iron Sun’ is Key to How Stars Transmit Energy

January 6, 2015 7:56 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of ... 

Is Space-Based Solar Power the Energy of the Future?

December 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Peter Shadbolt, for CNN | News | Comments

In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction writer Isaac Asimov posited the idea of a ... 

Wind Farm Operator PacifiCorp Energy Pleads Guilty in Bird Deaths

December 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal ... 

Research Finds Graphene Oxide Can Improve Rechargeable Batteries

December 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Lamuel David, doctoral student in mechanical ... 

Stanford Faculty Awarded Seed Grants for Innovative Energy Research

December 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center andTomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency. "Seed funding supports early work on concepts that have ... 

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