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Tomorrow's coolants of choice

Later during this century, around 2060, a paradigm shift in global energy consumption is expected: we will spend more energy for cooling purposes than for heating. New refrigeration processes such as magnetic cooling could limit the resulting impact on climate and the environment.

Sep 16th, 2019

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How to accelerate change towards sustainability?

There is growing recognition that achieving prosperity within environmental limits requires fundamental changes in core systems of production and consumption. A new European Environment Agency report identifies ten focus areas for enabling sustainability transitions.

Sep 11th, 2019

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Extracting clean fuel from sunlight

The new study explores the subtle interplay of the primary components of such devices and outlines a theoretical framework for understanding the underlying fuel-forming reactions. The results suggest strategies for improving the efficiency and performance of such hybrid technologies, bringing them a step closer to commercial viability.

Sep 3rd, 2019

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Can consumers save the planet by just buying green?

A doctoral dissertation states that awareness-raising for consumers and eco-labels for products are important, but they are not enough. Government- and market-promoted green consumerism operates as a peripheral activity that is only a safeguard against the most visible, damaging and immediate environmental and social problems.

Aug 26th, 2019

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Catalysts for climate protection

Researchers have developed various new technological solutions for using the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which is generated during combustion processes, as a raw material for the production of chemicals, fuels or chemical energy storage systems.

Aug 20th, 2019

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Assessing the strengths of solar thermal desalination

Researchers propose an elegant theoretical framework to help others in the field better understand how various technological innovations can enhance solar thermal desalination (STD) performance. The framework is summed up in a straightforward equation that can be universally applied to all STD systems, including those that have not yet been developed.

Aug 14th, 2019

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How Nature splits water and powers the planet

An international research team has published new results on how nature performs biological water splitting, a process that underpins all life on the planet. The results can be valuable for the production of CO2 free 'solar fuels'.

Aug 8th, 2019

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A new method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential

The progress of rooftop solar installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one. Now, researchers are proposing a new, data-driven approach that uses machine learning techniques and widely available satellite images to identify roofs that have the most potential to produce cost-effective solar power.

Aug 8th, 2019

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