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Study fuels insight into conversion of wood to bio-oil

New research from North Carolina State University provides molecular-level insights into how cellulose - the most common organic compound on Earth and the main structural component of plant cell walls - breaks down in wood to create 'bio-oils' which can be refined into any number of useful products, including liquid transportation fuels to power a car or an airplane.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2012

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A major step in wireless recharging of electric vehicles

TECNALIA has developed a system for wireless recharging of electric car batteries, just like the batteries of toothbrushes are being recharged. The system has a device located in the floor which transmits electricity to another, receptor element in the vehicle.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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New wave of wind energy

An offshore wind test turbine has been erected behind the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on campus to evaluate sensor systems and controls in preparation for the installation of a floating turbine in the Gulf of Maine this spring as part of the DeepCwind Consortium project.

Posted: Dec 11th, 2012

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Future transport - greener ways to get around

A variety of highly innovative, high energy-efficient transport systems are currently under development in Japan. Here are three such transport systems whose practical realization is now more than a dream.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2012

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A 'turbo' for solid oxide fuel cells

To convert waste heat from solid oxide fuel cells into electricity is the goal of the HITTEC project. Researchers are developing a thermoelectric converter to make fuel cell systems more efficient, possibly generating an extra 10 per cent energy output.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2012

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