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Researching materials to optimize battery performance

Creating environment friendly energy storage systems, non-explosive and with charge/discharge long-term cycles, motivated a group of scientists to research which polymeric materials have the properties to maintain the highest level of energy in a lithium - ion battery.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2014

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Climate killer as a climate rescuer

The iC4 project aims to optimize the conversion of carbon dioxide into synthetic natural gas - a process that has been known for over 100 years - to make the process economically viable. First successes have now been made.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2014

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'Unzipping' poplars' biofuel potential

What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2014

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Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard

Researchers have developed a new way to study wake effects that includes the airflow both within and around a wind farm and challenges the conventional belief that turbines arrayed in checker board patterns produce the highest power output.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2014

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Using mines as pumped storage power plants

Pumped storage power plants are firmly established in the German power grid: surplus electricity can be stored for a moment and then quickly supplied during a demand peak. The BINE Projektinfo brochure 'Storing wind energy underground' presents a concept of how to reuse abandoned ore mines as pumped storage power plants.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2014

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PECDEMO: sunlight to hydrogen

Within just three years, research partners of the EU project PECDEMO are planning on developing a practical system capable of converting over eight percent of solar energy into hydrogen. This could prove a real breakthrough in terms of practical applicability.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2014

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Sugar, not oil

No more oil - renewable raw materials are the future. This motto not only applies to biodiesel, but also to isobutene, a basic product used in the chemical industry. In a pilot plant researchers now want to obtain this substance from sugar instead of oil for the first time.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2014

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On track to climate prediction

At the Bjerknes Centre, researchers are exploring the potential for seasonal to decadal climate prediction. This is a field still in its infancy, and a first attempt was made public for the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2014

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Managing renewables intelligently

Smart energy management systems are the way to put robust supply networks in place and to ensure that renewables are harnessed as efficiently as possible.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2014

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