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Living Off Brackish Water: Off Grid

Living Off Brackish Water: Off Grid

Jan 30, 2018 Worldwide
There is limited scope for desalinating salty lakes. Dr Peter Harrop discusses how the desalination of brackish water will become more popular in the future.
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Graphene girders could double the life of lithium batteries

Graphene girders could double the life of lithium batteries

Jan 30, 2018 United Kingdom
New research has found an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries using silicon, by reinforcing the anode's structure with graphene girders. This could more than double the life of rechargeable lithium-ion based batteries and also increase the capacity delivered by those batteries.
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Proton transport in graphene shows promise for renewable energy

Proton transport in graphene shows promise for renewable energy

Jan 30, 2018 United Kingdom
Researchers have discovered another new and unexpected physical effect in graphene - membranes that could be used in devices to artificially mimic photosynthesis.
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Desalination Orders Flood In

Desalination Orders Flood In

Jan 29, 2018 Worldwide
For much of the last decade, there has been oversupply of desalination plants but that is less true today. Business is picking up globally, first with a wave of large plants in the main.
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Ideal material for smart photovoltaic windows

Ideal material for smart photovoltaic windows

Jan 29, 2018 United States
Imagine that when a window is darkened, it simultaneously produces electricity. Such a material - a photovoltaic glass that is also reversibly thermochromic - is a green technology researchers have long worked toward, and now, scientists have demonstrated a way to make it work.
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China leads in photovoltaics

China leads in photovoltaics

Jan 26, 2018 China
China is raised its installed solar power capacity in 2017, using more efficient technology and expanded distributed power generation.
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Using crumpled graphene balls to make better batteries

Using crumpled graphene balls to make better batteries

Jan 25, 2018 United States
Lithium metal-based batteries have the potential to turn the battery industry upside down. With the theoretically ultra-high capacity of lithium metal used by itself, this new type of battery could power everything from personal devices to cars.
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Partnership in $55m investment into off-grid energy access fund

Partnership in $55m investment into off-grid energy access fund

Jan 24, 2018 Kenya, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana
The African Development Bank's Board approved a US $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund. This follows the approval of additional investments of US $10 million from Calvert Impact Capital, US $8.5 million from the Global Environment Facility and €6 million from the Nordic Development Fund.
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Making fuel cells for a fraction of the cost

Making fuel cells for a fraction of the cost

Jan 24, 2018 United States
Fuel cells have the potential to be a clean and efficient way to run cars, computers, and power stations, but the cost of producing them is limiting their use. That's because a key component of the most common fuel cells is a catalyst made from the precious metal platinum.
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Light-splitting greenhouse film

Light-splitting greenhouse film

Jan 23, 2018 United States
Engineers have received a $2.45 million grant to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.
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Perovskite solar cell application in office buildings

Perovskite solar cell application in office buildings

Jan 23, 2018 Poland
Skanska's commercial development business unit in Central Eastern Europe will be the first developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.
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Brackish Water for Food and Drink

Brackish Water for Food and Drink

Jan 22, 2018 Worldwide
Agricultural use is currently responsible for 70% of all fresh water consumption but fresh water is becoming more expensive and scarce. Fortunately there are many solutions because they are all needed.
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Robots boost safety, cut costs

Robots boost safety, cut costs

Jan 22, 2018 United States
Fifteen-minute inspections that require only the push of a button - and no additional human oversight - make a previously laborious and time-consuming task simple, and keeps active maintenance and waiting time to a minimum.
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Smart buildings that can manage our electricity needs

Smart buildings that can manage our electricity needs

Jan 19, 2018 Switzerland
A smart grid that decides how best to distribute energy based on availability, cost and customers' needs - that's the energy concept being developed by researchers.
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Smart windows for controlled shading, solar thermal energy harvesting

Smart windows for controlled shading, solar thermal energy harvesting

Jan 18, 2018 Germany
Apart from particularly energy-intensive sectors of the industry, the building sector in particular is among the biggest CO2-emmitters: from residential homes, manufacturing facilities and storage depots to big commercial buildings, about 40 percent of the energy consumption within the EU are due to the heating, cooling, air conditioning and lighting of buildings..
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Slow 'hot electrons' could improve solar cell efficiency

Slow 'hot electrons' could improve solar cell efficiency

Jan 18, 2018 Netherlands
Photons with energy higher than the 'band gap' of the semiconductor absorbing them give rise to what are known as hot electrons. The extra energy in respect to the band gap is lost very fast, as it is converted into heat so it does not contribute to the voltage.
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UNSW signs world-first solar energy agreement

UNSW signs world-first solar energy agreement

Jan 17, 2018 Australia
The 15-year solar supply agreement with Maoneng is the first of its kind in Australia - bringing together a retailer, developer and corporate - and will allow UNSW to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality on energy use by 2020.
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New CEO and Co-CEO to lead MHI Vestas Offshore Wind's Expansion

New CEO and Co-CEO to lead MHI Vestas Offshore Wind's Expansion

Jan 17, 2018 Japan
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Vestas Wind Systems are pleased to appoint Philippe Kavafyan to Chief Executive Officer and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard to Co-Chief Executive Officer of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
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UK Power Networks and Open Utility to trial energy trading platform

UK Power Networks and Open Utility to trial energy trading platform

Jan 17, 2018 United Kingdom
The UK's largest electricity distribution network, UK Power Networks, has partnered with software company Open Utility to develop and trial a groundbreaking online marketplace for local flexibility that will enable more low carbon energy into people's homes at lower cost.
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Standardizing perovskite aging measurements

Standardizing perovskite aging measurements

Jan 16, 2018 Switzerland
Scientists have produced a data-driven proposal for standardizing the measurements of perovskite solar cell stability and degradation.