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Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A new study adds more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly than conventional vehicles by uncovering two hidden benefits.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2015

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Electronic waste has energy value

Using discarded electronic boards, researchers have developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel. The researchers have already registered the patent of the process in Japan.

Posted: Mar 18th, 2015

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A better way of scrubbing CO2

A means by which the removal of carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants might one day be done far more efficiently and at far lower costs than today has been discovered by a team of researchers. By appending a diamine molecule to the sponge-like solid materials known as metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs), the researchers were able to more than triple the CO2-scrubbing capacity of the MOFs, while significantly reducing parasitic energy.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2015

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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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