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New carbon accounting method proposed

Researchers have developed a new method that provides policy makers with more useful information, in order to set national targets and evaluate their climate policies.

Posted: Mar 10th, 2015

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Bioelectrochemical processes have the potential to one day replace petrochemistry

Researchers have found that the electrification of the white biotechnology is not merely a green dream, but an alternative to petrochemistry with realistic economical potential. Compared to classical sugar based bio-processes, bioelectrochemical processes promise improved yields, which could turn out to be a real game changer. The next generation of bio-production facilities may not only become more environmentally friendly, but also more economically competitive.

Posted: Mar 9th, 2015

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Researchers explore longer life cycle for batteries

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. Now, researchers are exploring new energy storage technology that could give the battery an even longer life cycle.

Posted: Mar 8th, 2015

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Hidden hazards found in green products

Researchers investigated and compared volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from 37 different products, such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products, including those with certifications and claims of 'green' and 'organic'.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2015

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Where you live could mean 'greener' alternatives do more harm than good

Whether it's swapping your car for an electric vehicle, or your natural gas furnace for geothermal heating, transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions. But knowing where the electricity comes from to power those 'eco-alternatives' is critical. If that electricity comes from burning oil and coal, it might mean that green alternatives aren't that green after all.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2015

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New incubator network to help clean-energy entrepreneurs

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2015

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Water in smog may reveal pollution sources

The chemical signature of water vapor emitted by combustion sources such as vehicles and furnaces has been found in the smoggy winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City. The discovery may give researchers a new tool to track down the sources of pollutants and climate-changing carbon dioxide gas.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2015

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Wind-powered freighters

To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With Vindskip, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2015

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