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Li-EcoSafe - more efficient and safer batteries for electric vehicles

A new research project will contribute to the everyday practicality of lithium-ion batteries, thus improving consumer acceptance of electric vehicles. In the course of the project, the researchers will consider the entire development process, from materials to suitable operating strategies.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2013

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Lignin-feasting microbe holds promise for biofuels

Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy. For this reason, lignin is a major challenge for those who would extract those same plant sugars and use them to make advanced biofuels. As part of their search for economic ways to overcome the lignin challenge, researchers have characterized the enzymatic activity of a rain forest microbe that breaks down lignin essentially by breathing it.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2013

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Solar cells utilize thermal radiation

Thermal radiation from the sun is largely lost on most silicon solar cells. Up-converters transform the infrared radiation into usable light, however. Researchers have now for the first time successfully adapted this effect for use in generating power.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2013

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New design tools for the deployment and improvement of ocean energy arrays

The DTOcean (Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays) initiative will allow a suite of design tools to be developed for the deployment of ocean energy arrays. These tools will be contributing towards open-sea demonstration in ocean energy arrays of the technologies for capturing ocean current energies and wave energies.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2013

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Improving analysis of greenhouse gas emissions

The Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is partnering with Astrium Services to deliver a new emissions measurement service to enable countries and cities to better quantify their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2013

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NSF $400K grant to research turbulence caused wear and tear on wind turbines

Researchers have documented that one of the key reasons the costs for wind energy remain high is because wind turbines have shorter lifespans compared to other energy-producing technologies, which can be directly linked to wear and tear caused by turbulence. Finding a solution to this problem is the aim of this new grant.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2013

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SunShot Initiative funds project to advance solar cells

With support of a $3.5 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the team will develop new ultra-thin silicon solar cells designed to increase the amount of electricity that can be produced through direct conversion of sunlight.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2013

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Safe long term storage of CO2 is possible

At the final conference of the EU project CO2CARE - CO2 Site Closure Assessment Research - more than 60 experts from academia, industry and regulatory authorities from 13 countries discussed technologies and procedures for a safe and sustainable closure of geological CO2 storage sites.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2013

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Solar Energy: Improved Data mining tool for hourly solar radiation

Solar energy is free, clean, and usually available in abundance. However, solar radiation is also less predictable than many kinds of fossilfuel. Researchers at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems have developed a model that allows a more accurate prediction of hourly solar radiation.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2013

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