Energy

Remote northern Alberta community has UCalgary grad to thank for its solar energy project
December 5, 2017 08:14 AM - University of Calgary

How many solar panels does it take to cover the arena roof in Peavine Métis Settlement?

It’s not exactly the kind of question Juan Pfeiffer was accustomed to answering over the course of earning two engineering degrees in his native Colombia, but it is precisely the question at the core of his capstone project for the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) program at the University of Calgary from which he has just graduated.

Genes Found in Drought-Resistant Plants Could Accelerate Evolution of Water-Use Efficient Crops
December 1, 2017 12:28 PM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.

Windows of Opportunity: Solar Cell with Improved Transparency
December 1, 2017 09:51 AM - Institute of Industrial Science - The University of Tokyo

Tokyo - Roof-mounted solar panels are an increasingly common sight in many places. As a source of cheap, clean electricity, their advantages are obvious. However, most solar panels are opaque, and therefore cannot be placed over windows. Now, researchers at The University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) have made developments in the design of transparent solar materials.

Windows of Opportunity: Solar Cell with Improved Transparency
December 1, 2017 09:51 AM - Institute of Industrial Science - The University of Tokyo

Tokyo - Roof-mounted solar panels are an increasingly common sight in many places. As a source of cheap, clean electricity, their advantages are obvious. However, most solar panels are opaque, and therefore cannot be placed over windows. Now, researchers at The University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) have made developments in the design of transparent solar materials.

Researchers Discover Breakthrough Process for Directly Converting Methane to Methanol
November 30, 2017 01:53 PM - Tufts University

The direct oxidation of methane—found in natural gas—into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers.

Researchers Discover Breakthrough Process for Directly Converting Methane to Methanol
November 30, 2017 01:53 PM - Tufts University

The direct oxidation of methane—found in natural gas—into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers.

Eruption Clues: UNH Researchers Create Snapshot of Volcano Plumbing
November 29, 2017 12:19 PM - University of New Hampshire

Much like a forensic team recreates a scene to determine how a crime was committed, researchers at the University of New Hampshire are using scientific sleuthing to better understand the journey of magma, or molten rock, in one of Europe’s largest and most active volcanos, Mount Etna. Researchers applied several techniques, in a new way, to create a more accurate picture of the volcano’s plumbing system and how quickly the magma rises to the top to cause an eruption. Their findings contribute to our understanding of how and when volcanoes erupt.

Stanford researchers test public receptiveness to different wind energy turbines
November 29, 2017 10:46 AM - Stanford University

With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking to limit fossil fuel use and increase renewable energy. Wind already accounts for over 5 percent of electricity generation in the United States. However, a number of issues plague the low-carbon energy source, such as complaints from nearby residents about noise and the killing of hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year that collide with turbine blades.

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7% of World's Crude Oil Consumption
November 28, 2017 12:47 PM - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude oil consumption and reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by as much as 5.6% by 2045.

NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window
November 28, 2017 12:39 PM - DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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