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technologies – renewables, energy savings, fuel cells

Launch of world-leading power electronics research centre

A Centre for Power Electronics that will focus on delivering the underpinning science and engineering behind many low carbon technologies from electric vehicles to renewable energy generation and distribution has been launched thanks to funding of GBP18 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Posted: Jul 3rd, 2013

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The CONCERTO initiative paves the way for smart cities

Since 2005, the European Union has co-financed 22 projects in 58 cities in the scope of the EU CONCERTO initiative. The objective of these projects is to build and renovate buildings in an energy efficient manner and to utilise renewable energy sources in an intelligent mix. This is a commitment that pays off, as was demonstrated in Brussels at the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2013

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Climate researchers receive 2013 Erwin Schrödinger Prize

Until now, scientists have assumed that keeping livestock on large steppe grassland contributes to the constantly growing nitrous oxide concentration in the atmosphere and thus to global warming. But now the opposite has been proved: Klaus Butterbach-Bahl's team of five from the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) have shown that animals grazing on steppe and prairie areas can actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2013

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Designing a cleaner future

Bicyclean, a 2012 thesis project that helps recycle e-waste in developing nations, wins silver at Acer Incredible Green Contest.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2013

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Global Sustainability Summer School 2013: The cities of the future

What do the cities of the future look like? What role do they play for global climate change? What influence does the German energy transformation have worldwide? These questions are in the centre of the 2nd Global Sustainability Summer School on 'COMPLEX(C)ITY - Urbanization and energy transition in a changing climate' taking place from 1 to 12 July.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2013

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Exotic alloys for potential energy applications

The search for thermoelectrics, exotic materials that convert heat directly into electricity, has received a boost from researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo, who have found the best way to identify them.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2013

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First World Conference on Climate Impacts: Painting the big picture

For the first time ever, scientists and stakeholders from all over the world come together this week to have a look at the big impacts picture. They assemble at the 'Impacts World 2013' conference in Potsdam, Germany, aiming at developing a new scientific agenda to systematically address knowledge gaps and to start bridging them.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2013

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Membraneless seawater desalination in microfluidic systems

A new method for the desalination of sea water has been reported. In contrast to conventional methods, this technique consumes little energy and is very simple. This electrochemically mediated seawater desalination is based on a system of microchannels and a bipolar electrode.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2013

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