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Researchers develop effective thermal energy storage system

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a thermal energy storage system that will work as a viable alternative to current methods used for storing energy collected from solar panels. Incorporating the researchers? design into the operation of a concentrated solar power plant will dramatically increase annual energy production while significantly decreasing production costs.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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More bang for the biofuel buck

Berkeley Lab researchers combine old fermentation process for making explosives with new chemical catalysis to boost biofuel production.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2012

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Energy storage developer LightSail Energy raises $37.3 million

LightSail Energy, a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology, announced today that it has raised $37.3 million in Series D funding led by San Francisco investor Peter Thiel. Khosla Ventures, which incubated the company and led LightSail?s earlier rounds, Bill Gates, Innovacorp, and several other investors also participated in the round.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2012

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SSRL experiments to focus on solar technologies

SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource will play a central role in three research projects that seek cheaper materials and manufacturing techniques for solar panels, with support from a Department of Energy program called the SunShot Initiative.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2012

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Capturing carbon with clever trapdoors

A team of Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) researchers based at the University of Melbourne have developed a novel method of capturing carbon dioxide that will reduce the cost of separating and storing the gas.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2012

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Synthetic biofilter removes estrogens from drinking water

Conventional methods of filtering waste water in sewage treatment plants are unable to completely remove medicine residues such as the estrogens in birth control pills. Students from the Bielefeld University's Center for Biotechnology have now developed a biological filter in which specific enzymes (so-called laccases) break down these medicine residues.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2012

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Carbon dioxide - our salvation from a future ice age?

Mankind's emissions of fossil carbon and the resulting increase in temperature could prove to be our salvation from the next ice age. According to a new research article by researchers from the University of Gothenburg, the current increase in the extent of peatland is having the opposite effect, cooling down the climate.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2012

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Designing solar arrays for a climate benefit

A study to determine whether energy production can simultaneously be used to positively affect regional climates, including modifying rainfall patterns, has begun in CSIRO?s weather and energy research unit.

Posted: Nov 6th, 2012

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