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More efficient production of biofuels from waste with the help of modified yeasts

A significant portion of the petroleum consumed by the transport sector must be replaced in the long term by renewable energy. Therefore, it is of the utmost economic and ecological importance to optimise the production of biofuels from renewable raw materials. Researchers have now developed yeast strains that produce bio-ethanol from waste with an unprecedented efficiency.

Posted: Aug 29th, 2013

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Producing hydrogen from water with carbon/charcoal powder

In the latest advance in efforts to find an inexpensive way to make hydrogen from ordinary water, scientists are reporting that powder from high-grade charcoal and other forms of carbon can free hydrogen from water illuminated with laser pulses.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2013

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China's power sector heads towards a cleaner future

China's power capacity will more than double by 2030 and renewables including large hydro will account for more than half of new plants, eroding coal's dominant share and attracting investment of $1.4 trillion. China's power sector carbon emissions could be in decline by 2027.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2013

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The next 'black gold' could be green

Recent decades have witnessed several cycles of interest in being able to exploit these organisms. Research has examined the use of algae for remediating waste water or nutrient-overloaded coastal seas, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or directly from industrial chimneys, in beneficial products such as proteins and antioxidants, and to produce oil and liquid fuels. Given its indisputable virtues, why has microalgae not been put to use in these ways?

Posted: Aug 27th, 2013

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ManuCloud: Integrating the solar cell supply chain online

The EU-funded MANUCLOUD (Distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure) project, which was completed in July 2013, sought to boost European competitiveness by establishing a functioning online marketplace that would benefit manufacturers, suppliers and customers.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2013

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Identifying climate impact hotspots across sectors

One out of ten people on Earth is likely to live in a climate impact hotspot by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. Many more are put at risk in a worst-case scenario of the combined impacts on crop yields, water availability, ecosystems, and health, according to a new study.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2013

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