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A reliance on negative emissions technologies is locking in carbon addiction

A new study reveals the scale and widespread reliance on 'negative emissions technologies', which remain at best experimental. Nevertheless the models being used to advise governments on what action to take are dominated by such highly speculative technologies, with many assuming their mass roll-out beginning within the decade.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2016

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Innovative molten silicon-based energy storage system

Researchers are developing a novel system that allows the storage energy in molten silicon which is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust. The system aims to develop a new generation of low cost solar thermal stations and becoming a innovative storage system of electricity and cogeneration for urban centers.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2016

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Sustainability projects offer potential seeds for a more just future

It is rare to hear environmental scientists sounding positive about the future. But that's exactly what's happening now with an international group of researchers. Because over the past two years, they have been gathering examples of positive initiatives of various kinds from communities around the world.

Posted: Oct 5th, 2016

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Efficient recycling of lithium-ion batteries

Funding was granted to develop an innovative recycling process for valuable battery materials to be reinserted into the battery supply chain. The goal of the NEW-BAT project is a robust, energy efficient and economically viable system with wide application potential.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2016

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Start-up spreads clean energy in Africa

A group of highly-skilled engineering alumni, Master's and PhD students from Masdar Institute have formed a startup company called the Nigeria Future Energy Group (NiFEG), focused on clean energy development and deployment throughout Nigeria.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2016

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Smart buoy for measuring water pollutants

Researchers develop a smart monitoring system by combining various technologies in a depth profile-measuring multi-sensor buoy for monitoring water bodies and in particular algae growth.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2016

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Ecological intensification of agriculture

Putting a halt to the profound changes affecting agricultural landscapes: With this goal in mind, scientists, farmers and official representatives teamed up to look into ecological intensification as a potential solution.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2016

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A polyphenyline fuel cell membrane outperforms the market

Fuel cells provide power without pollutants. But, as in the Goldilocks story, membranes in automobile fuel cells work at temperatures either too hot or too cold to be maximally effective. A novel polyphenyline membrane, though, seems to work just about right.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2016

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Harvesting water from air with less energy

Getting clean water to communities in parched areas of the planet remains an ongoing challenge. Recent developments that harvest water from air have been proposed as a solution. Based on new modeling results, scientists report that a new system design would require less energy and produce high-quality water.

Posted: Sep 7th, 2016

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