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Scientists Create a Copper-Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

April 14, 2014

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A team of scientists from Stanford University has created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production […]

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New Type of Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

February 19, 2014

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Scientists at Georgia Tech have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as […]

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New Solar Cell Technology Convert Solar Energy More Efficiently

January 29, 2014

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Scientists have developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential convert solar energy more efficiently than ever before. Argonne, Illinois — Getting the blues is rarely a desirable experience — unless you’re a solar cell, that is. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin […]

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New System Converts Sun’s Energy into Hydrogen Fuel

January 15, 2014

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A new system designed by researchers at UNC and NC State converts the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use. Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays […]

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SEAS Engineers Develop an Organic Mega Flow Battery

January 9, 2014

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SEAS engineers have developed a metal-free flow battery, which relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant molecules called quinones, that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid. Cambridge, Massachusetts – A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity […]

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Researchers Discover a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

January 3, 2014

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By modifying the molecular structure of a polymer used in solar cells, an international team of researchers has increased solar efficiency by more than thirty percent. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar […]

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New Superconducting Cable System Brings Nuclear Fusion Power Station Closer to Reality

December 19, 2013

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Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a new superconducting cable system that is crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors. The superconductivity research group of the University of Twente (UT) has made a technological breakthrough crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors, allowing for clean, inexhaustible energy generation based on the […]

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Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

December 16, 2013

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In a newly published study, researchers detail the discovery of a new photocatalyst, demonstrating the use of cobalt oxide nanoparticles to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. […]

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New Composite Batteries Have the Potential to Pack Five Times the Energy Density

December 4, 2013

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New research from the Argonne National Laboratory and King Abdulaziz University details new composite materials that are anticipated to have an energy density five times higher than conventional batteries. New composite materials based on selenium (Se) sulfides that act as the positive electrode in a rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery could boost the range of electric […]

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Scripps Researchers Develop New Method for Enhancing Biofuel Production

November 21, 2013

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By metabolically engineering a “knock-down” of fat-reducing enzymes called lipases, UC San Diego researchers have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. As reported in this week’s […]

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Researchers Demonstrate a New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction

November 13, 2013

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Using perovskite crystals fabricated with a combination of potassium niobate and barium nickel niobate, a team of researchers has experimentally demonstrated a new paradigm for solar cell construction. For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative. This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers […]

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Oxford Researchers Creating Simpler, Cheaper Solar Cells

November 12, 2013

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By working to improve perovskite cell efficiency, scientists at Oxford University are creating simpler and cheaper solar cells. Over the last four years, solar cells made from materials called perovskites have reached efficiencies that other technologies took decades to achieve, but until recently no-one quite knew why. Since perovskite was first used in 2009 to […]

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