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Wind turbine design and placement can mitigate negative effect on birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 hour
Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the rapid expansion... more
Big improvements in thin-film solar cell efficiency now possible  nanowerk · 2 days
Researchers have developed a theoretical method to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells by up to 33 percent. Flexible thin-film solar cells are needed to supply electrical power to... more
Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf... more
Breaking water molecules apart to generate clean fuel: Investigating a promising material  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In line with the increasing global concerns about the state of our planet, perfecting the technology for alternative energy generation has become a hot... more
Breaking water molecules apart to generate clean fuel: Investigating a promising material  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists investigated a material that uses sunlight for splitting water molecules (H2O) to obtain dihydrogen (H2). Since dihydrogen can be used as clean fuel,... more
Reducing open-circuit voltage loss in organic solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers at Institute for Molecular Science in Japan report that organic solar cells (OSCs) with high mobility and highly crystalline donor (D) and acceptor (A) materials were able to reduce an open-circuit... more
Biofuels that could be made from seawater  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers from the University of Manchester are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of biobased jet fuels—partly made from seawater. more
Computer models show clear advantages in new types of wind turbines  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers have modeled the fluid dynamics of multi-rotor wind turbines via high-resolution numerical simulations. The simulations demonstrate a clear advantage for a turbine model with four... more
Plant skeletons: Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however, is not a completely clean process;... more
Mitochondria work much like Tesla battery packs, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
For years, scientists assumed that mitochondria—the energy-generating centers of living cells—worked much like household batteries, generating energy from a chemical reaction inside a single chamber or cell. Now, UCLA researchers... more
A cheap, clean path to generate hydrogen in a commercial device  nanowerk · 5 days
Replacing today's expensive catalysts could bring down the cost of producing the gas for fuel, fertilizer and clean energy storage. more
The nature of obscured active galactic nuclei  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Most galaxies host a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at their nucleus, one whose mass exceeds a million solar-masses. When material actively accretes onto the SMBH, associated processes can produce an active galactic nucleus (AGN)... more
Tokyo area shuts down as powerful typhoon lashes Japan (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and... more
Black holes stunt growth of dwarf galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf galaxies have a significant impact on the evolution of these galaxies by... more
Heavy rain, winds lash Tokyo as powerful typhoon approaches  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast as the worst in six decades approached landfall, with streets and train... more
Black holes stunt growth of dwarf galaxies  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf galaxies have a significant impact on the evolution of these galaxies by suppressing star formation. more
Total loses bid for palm oil tax break  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
France's constitutional court rejected on Friday a bid by oil firm Total to secure a tax break for using controversial palm oil to create biofuel. more
'Unacceptable' power cuts blasted as California fire risk spreads south  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation... more
Grand challenges in the science of wind energy  Science Magazine · 1 week
Harvested by advanced technical systems honed over decades of research and development, wind energy has become a mainstream energy resource. However, continued innovation is needed to realize the potential of wind to... more
Trash to treasure: Scientists convert municipal waste to biofuel precursors  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As the need for energy security grows, scientists are investigating nonfood biomass sources that can be used to create valuable biofuels and bioproducts. Among these sources is municipal... more
Defects on the surface of catalysts determine their activity  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Many technical processes, including chemical production, exhaust gas purification and the chemical storage of solar energy would not be possible without catalysts. In the chemical industry, the vast majority of... more
California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Rolling blackouts set to affect millions of Californians began Wednesday as a utility company started switching off power to an unprecedented number of households in the face of hot, windy... more
Graphene substrate improves the conductivity of carbon nanotube network  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Transparent conductive films (TCFs) have many applications in touch screens, organic light emitting diodes and solar cells. These applications need materials that are strong, energy efficient and stable, which is... more
California turns off power to millions to prevent wildires  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Rolling blackouts affecting up to 800,000 customers began Wednesday in parts of California as a utility company switched off power because of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of... more
3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Developing the Lithium-Ion Battery  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the lithium-ion battery that powers everything from smartphones to electric cars. more
New 'supercondensers' store electric charge in textile materials  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers of the Alcoi campus of Valencia's Polytechnic University (UPV) have developed new devices that store electric charge in textile materials, which could be used to, for example, charge our mobile phone.... more
Electrode-fitted microscope points to better designed devices that make fuel from sunlight  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Using an atomic-force microscope fitted with an electrode tip 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, researchers have identified in real time how nanoscale... more
Electrode-fitted microscope points to better designed devices that make fuel from sunlight  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Researchers find that smaller catalytic nanoparticles may be vital for many kinds of devices that convert solar energy into chemical fuels like hydrogen gas. more
Matryoshka-inspired hierarchically structured triboelectric nanogenerators for wave energy harvesting  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Ocean wave energy is an abundant resource of clean energy. However, having been explored for decades, there is still lacking efficient and economical technologies to convert water wave energy into... more
Going green with solar-powered ILC3 homeostasis  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Circadian clock proteins BMAL1 and REV-ERBα harmonize the development and function of ILC3 (see related articles by Teng et al. and Wang et al.). more
NASA's Juno prepares to jump Jupiter's shadow  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter has successfully executed a 10.5-hour propulsive maneuver—extraordinarily long by mission standards. The goal of the burn, as its known, will keep the solar-powered spacecraft out of what would have... more
Ecofriendly electrochemical catalysts using solar cells to harvest energy from the sun  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University has developed an ecofriendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze... more
Eco-friendly electrochemical catalysts using solar cells to harvest energy from the sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A research team develops an eco-friendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze an electrochemical oxidation reaction with high efficiency. more
A step toward controlling soybean rust  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The United States is the world's leading soybean producer, and soybeans are used to produce biodiesel. The fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi causes Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) and is the major pathogen of soybean. Left uncontrolled, soybean rust... more
Using high energy density material in electrode design enhances lithium sulfur batteries  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Lithium ion batteries aren't keeping up with energy demands from higher power electronic devices, electric vehicles and smart electric grids. To develop higher capacity... more
A new concept could make more environmentally friendly batteries possible  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new concept for an aluminium battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and... more
A new concept could make more environmentally friendly batteries possible  nanowerk · 3 weeks
A new concept for an aluminium battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and... more
Portable electronics: A stretchable and flexible biofuel cell that runs on sweat  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat,... more
A stretchable and flexible buckypaper-based biofuel cell that runs on sweat  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Researchers have developed a unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in... more
A stretchable and flexible biofuel cell that runs on sweat  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, was recently developed and... more
Just climate change action: Centering Indigenous wisdom and perspectives  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The climate crisis threatens to dramatically alter people's relationships with the land on which they rely. Meanwhile, many climate solutions are themselves land-intensive: solar and wind energy, carbon dioxide sequestration,... more
New standard of reference for assessing solar forecast proposed  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Being able to accurately forecast how much solar energy reaches the surface of the Earth is key to guiding decisions for running solar power plants and new work looks to... more
Model helps choose wind farm locations, predicts output  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
The wind is always blowing somewhere, but deciding where to locate a wind farm is a bit more complicated than holding up a wet finger. Now a team of researchers has a... more
Converting absorbed photons into twice as many excitons  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A group of researchers found that when light was exposed to the surface of a tetracene alkanethiol-modified gold nanocluster, which they developed themselves, twice as many excitons could be converted compared to... more
Tidal barriers bring more benefits than producing clean energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
When designed holistically, tidal barrage schemes can provide additional transport links for commuters, become tourism destinations, mitigate wildlife habitat loss, as well as provide opportunities to boost people's health and... more
Earth, wind, flora sway Trinidad sulfur levels  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Geologists get a glimpse into the power of wind, rain, coastal proximity and climate on coastal environments. more
New report deepens understanding of wind-wildlife interactions  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) announces the publication of a new report, "Impacts to Wildlife of Wind Energy Siting and Operation in the United States," in ESA's Issues in Ecology publication. more
New report deepens understanding of wind-wildlife interactions  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
An increase in the generation of wind energy is a key component of the U.S. strategy to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector. Approximately 97 gigawatts of wind energy production capacity are currently... more
Hurricane Nicole sheds light on how storms impact deep ocean  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
In early October 2016, a tropical storm named Nicole formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It roamed for six days, reaching Category 4 hurricane status with... more
Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 month
A new study shows that, contrary to widespread belief within the solar power industry, new kinds of solar cells and panels don't necessarily have to last for 25 to 30 years in... more
Lighting the path to renewable energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 month
Scientists have developed a novel, standardized way of quantifying and comparing these variations in solar power. The new study may help guide the development and performance of solar photovoltaic farms -- systems that harness the sun's... more
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