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Customized motor fuels from biomass residue

On the way to the production of environment-friendly fuels from biomass residue, the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie in cooperation with the technology partner Air Liquide, has realized another important milestone: the second process stage of the bioliq pilot plant is ready.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2013

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Non-glaring photovoltaic installations

Before a photovoltaic installation may be constructed, engineers calculate, for some selected days in the year, when and where the interfering light reflections occur, especially if airports, highways or larger residential areas are close by. In the future, this will be easier and more comprehensive: with software that creates a three-dimensional depiction of the glare at the touch of a button.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2013

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NASA studies use of alternate jet biofuels

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency's DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2013

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Crunch year for biofuels

US biofuel policies are set to collide this year - with each other and with reality - Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds in new "What to Watch for" biofuels white paper.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Improving climate protection in agriculture

Agriculture is responsible for around ten to twelve percent of all greenhouse gases attributable to human activities. This raises the question of how these emissions could be reduced. A recent study has investigated - for the first time - the full range of factors that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, namely soil and climate conditions, the agricultural model and the farming intensity on both organic and conventional holdings.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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Microalga-based bioplastics

The new bioplastics have high thermal plasticity and heat resistance, comparable to those of conventional bioplastics and petroleum-based plastics.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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A game plan for climate change

Researchers have successfully piloted a process that enables natural resource managers to take action to conserve particular wildlife, plants and ecosystems as climate changes.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2013

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