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Solar power: Is it time for the big push?

There are great expectations for solar power, especially in the coming years, when the International Energy Agency projects solar to grow faster than any other renewable power. But what does science need to do to more fully respond to the opportunities ahead?

Jan 31st, 2013

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Biofuels blend right in

Winemakers have long known that blending different grape varietals can favorably balance the flavor characteristics of the wine they produce. In the future, makers of advanced biofuels might use a similar strategy, blending different feedstock varieties to balance the energy characteristics of the transportation fuel they produce.

Jan 30th, 2013

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Revolutionary cooling system uses lasers instead of refrigerants

Bulky and noisy air-conditioning compressors and refrigerators may soon be a thing of the past. With the latest discovery by scientists from Nanyang Technological University, current cooling systems which uses refrigerant harmful to the ozone layer could be replaced by a revolutionary cooling system using lasers.

Jan 30th, 2013

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International standard for charging of electric cars

The goal of the eNterop project, which is partly funded by the German government, is to ensure the smooth interoperation of cars and charging points from different manufacturers. International standard ISO/IEC 15118 defining communication between vehicle and charging station was recently established to guarantee this interoperability.

Jan 30th, 2013

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Startup plans to build a next-generation power grid that looks like the Internet

Founded in 2010, Gridco Systems is introducing a new class of intelligent power distribution solutions that enable utilities to meet the evolving demands of the 21st century electric grid. Gridco's solutions leverage recent advances in power electronics in combination with distributed intelligent control systems to dynamically manage power distribution below the substation with an unprecedented level of predictability and precision.

Jan 29th, 2013

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