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Climate models underestimate costs to future generations

Future generations will have to pay more for today's carbon emissions than what governments across the world currently understand. The climate models used by policymakers around the world to estimate the economic and social costs of CO2 emissions have to be improved.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2014

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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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