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EU could afford to lead international climate action

Despite the fragmented state of global climate policy, such front runner action could reduce future global warming by more than 1 degree if it induced others to join by 2030. This is shown by a study now published by an international team of scientists.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2014

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A battery that 'breathes' could power next-gen electric vehicles

The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode - a key battery component involved in the flow of electric current - with air. That makes the rechargeable metal-air battery lighter with the potential to pack in more energy than its commercial counterpart.

Posted: Mar 16th, 2014

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Automatic self-optimization of wind turbines

The turbines are learning to use sensor data on parameters such as wind speed to make changes to their settings. These changes ensure the turbines can optimally exploit the prevailing conditions.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2014

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European collaboration to develop highly efficient organic solar cells

The European FP7 project ArtESun aims to develop highly efficient organic solar cells with an increased lifetime and a decreased production cost. The ultimate goal of the ArtESun project is to bring organic photovoltaic technologies (OPV) towards introduction into the competitive thin-film PV market.

Posted: Mar 10th, 2014

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Testing components for solar power plants in Morocco and South Africa

The German Aerospace Center is testing the performance and durability of reflectors and receivers for solar power plants in Ouarzazate, Morocco and in Bokpoort, South Africa. These quality controls are the first to permit an assessment of solar power plant component quality and longevity.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2014

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