Energy

Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
March 9, 2017 09:59 AM - Lappeenranta University of Technology

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades.

Research break-through: Producing gasoline in yeast cell factories
March 9, 2017 09:33 AM - Chalmers University of Technology

There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme. But none have succeeded, until now. With new findings from Chalmers the enzyme FAS has started to produce sustainable chemicals for biofuels.

We are in great need of sustainable and clean alternatives to oil-derived products. One of the choices at hand is to produce chemicals and biofuels from sustainable biomass.

IU chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
March 8, 2017 04:49 PM - Indiana University

An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li at Indiana University has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.

The chemists have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of "carbon reduction."

Plants at the pump
March 8, 2017 02:24 PM - DOE / Sandia National Laboratories

That’s a choice drivers could make at the pump one day. But for algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash.

Imaging the Inner Workings of a Sodium—Metal Sulfide Battery for First Time
March 6, 2017 02:19 PM - DOE / Brookhaven National Laboratory

Understanding how the structural and chemical makeup of the material changes during the charge/discharge process could help scientists advance battery design for future energy storage needs

Sometimes understanding how a problem arises in the first place is key to finding its solution. For a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, taking this approach led them to the cause of degraded performance in an operating sodium-ion battery.

United Kingdom CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Nearly a Century
March 6, 2017 02:12 PM - Yale Environment 360

A record drop in coal use — coupled with the rapid growth of renewable energy, an expansion of energy efficiency programs, and an increase in burning natural gas for electricity — have driven carbon dioxide emissions in the UK to their lowest levels since the 1920s, according to a new study by the non-profit group, Carbon Brief.

UBC team develops mobile sensors to monitor urban greenhouse gas emissions
March 2, 2017 09:05 AM - University of British Columbia (UBC)

Cities play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, but directly measuring emissions remains a challenge.

Bhutan's stumbling block to becoming the greenest nation on the planet
March 1, 2017 09:48 AM - The Ecologist - Michael Buckley

Bhutan is well on its way to becoming the greenest nation on the planet. In his Special Report for the Ecologist, Photojournalist MICHAEL BUCKLEY explores the reasons why the country's ecosystems and dazzling biodiversity remain intact - and highlights the one thing that threatens this admirable integrity...

Bhutan's stumbling block to becoming the greenest nation on the planet
March 1, 2017 09:48 AM - The Ecologist - Michael Buckley

Bhutan is well on its way to becoming the greenest nation on the planet. In his Special Report for the Ecologist, Photojournalist MICHAEL BUCKLEY explores the reasons why the country's ecosystems and dazzling biodiversity remain intact - and highlights the one thing that threatens this admirable integrity...

Scientific team develops nano-sized hydrogen storage system to increase efficiency
February 24, 2017 02:52 PM - Anne M Stark

Lawrence Livermore scientists have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, including colleagues from Sandia National Laboratories(link is external), to develop an efficient hydrogen storage system that could be a boon for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

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