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Electric mobility contributes decisively to climate protection

The transportation sector has the capacity to nearly halve its CO2 emissions by 2050 and, hence, to contribute far more than previously thought to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Realizing this would require further efficiency improvement and, especially, promotion of public transport in cities, alongside with a large-scale shift to electric cars.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2015

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Perpetual youth for batteries?

A key issue with lithium ion batteries is aging. It significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known about the causes of the aging effects. Scientists have now come a step closer to identifying the causes in their latest experiments.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2015

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An app to track your climate impact

Ducky is an app designed to motivate individuals and businesses to change their environmental habits, and to reveal the effects of their actions in everyday life.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2015

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Timing is everything for renewable energy use

When it comes to limiting global temperature increases from greenhouse gas emissions, timing is everything - even when it comes to 'climate friendly' CO2 emissions from bioenergy, new research shows.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2015

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Solar vehicle charging at home

Owners of home photovoltaic systems will soon be able to make their households even more sustainable, because PV power is also suitable for charging personal electronic vehicles. A home energy management system created by Fraunhofer researchers incorporates electric vehicles into the household energy network and creates charging itineraries.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2015

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Economic LED recycling

Light emitting diodes are used in a great number of products like televisions and lamps or luminaires. Moreover they are penetrating the automotive lighting market to an ever greater degree. Nevertheless, there are no suitable recycling processes available today for these items. Researchers have developed a method to mechanically separate LEDs.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2015

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Simple mathematical formula models lithium-ion battery aging

Hybrid electric vehicles, cell phones, digital cameras, and the Mars Curiosity rover are just a few of the many devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Now researchers have a simple mathematical formula to predict what factors most influence lithium-ion battery aging.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2015

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