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November 2017
Greg Clark Announces £80 Million Funding for Partnership to Create New National Battery Facility

Battery research at WMG

A partnership between WMG, at the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Coventry City Council has been awarded £80 million to establish a new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF). The announcement was made by The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary
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11/29/2017
Activity Descriptors for Electrocatalysts in Energy Storage Applications

(a) Different activity descriptors for electrochemical reactions and catalytic cycles of (b) hydrogen evolution reaction, (c) oxygen evolution reaction and (d) oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.

Under the environmental concerns such as pollution and greenhouse effect, environment-friendly energy storage applications such as fuel cells, ammonia production and lithium-air batteries are proposed to replace fossil resources. However, the high overpotential is one of the most urgent issues for the practical
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11/27/2017
New Batteries With Better Performance and Improved Safety
Phones, laptops, electric cars - batteries are everywhere. And to meet the expectations of today's consumers, these batteries are increasingly light, more powerful and designed to last longer. Currently the most important technology for these applications is the lithium-ion battery technology: but the technology
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11/24/2017

Flexible Production of Electric Motors for Vehicles

The electric motor is of crucial importance in the electric drivetrain of hybrid, fuel-cell, and electric vehicles.

The Baden-Württemberg state government has decided to fund the project "Plant Engineering for the Production of Stators by Hairpin Technology - AnStaHa" with about EUR 1.2 million. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Fraunhofer Project Group for New Drive Systems (NAS) in
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11/22/2017
Bridging the Gap
As we work to toward more sustainable ways of powering our lifestyles, there is a quest to bridge the gap between the carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels we rely on for our most basic needs, and the cleaner, but not yet economically feasible alternative technologies. To that end, a group at UC Santa
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11/21/2017
A New Way to Store Thermal Energy
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel -- such as wood, brush or dung -- that is collected with significant time and effort. Now, a new chemical
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11/17/2017
Renaissance of the Iron-Air Battery

Gravimetric and volumetric energy densities of various metal-air battery systems in comparison with Li-ion batteries and conventional gasoline.

Iron-air batteries promise a considerably higher energy density than present-day lithium-ion batteries. In addition, their main constituent - iron - is an abundant and therefore cheap material. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich are among the driving forces in the renewed research into this concept, which
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11/16/2017
Oakland, Calif. – CANDI announced its collaboration with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and the launch of a new solution that simplifies the connection of smart building devices and data to apps. Through the integration of Google Pub/Sub and CANDI’s PowerTools, IoT developers and service providers can more
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11/16/2017
Desert Solar to Fuel Centuries of Air Travel

Diagram of the chemical process for concentrated solar splitting of H2O / CO2 from Philipp Furler's presentation at the 23rd SolarPACES Annual Conference.

Scientists with the SOLAR-JET Project have demonstrated the first-ever entire process to make kerosene, the jet fuel used by commercial airlines, using a high-temperature thermal solar reactor to create syngas. Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam refined the solar syngas into jet fuel, using the Fischer-Tropsch
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11/16/2017
Butterfly Wing Inspires Photovoltaics: Light Absorption can be Enhanced by up to 200 Percent

Nanostructures of the wing of Pachliopta aristolochiae can be transferred to solar cells and enhance their absorption rates by up to 200 percent.

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectrum far better than smooth surfaces. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now succeeded
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11/14/2017
3...2...1...Launch! Graphene Goes Zero G!

Two teams of researchers will explore the benefits of graphene as a light-propulsion material in solar sails, and as a smart coating in loop heat pipes for satellites. Both experiments will be performed in microgravity conditions, to simulate the extreme conditions in space. The solar sails will float in microgravity in a drop tower experiment, while the research team investigating heat pipes will experience weightlessness onboard a parabolic flight.

After a long summer of hard work in the laboratories, researchers in the Graphene Flagship are ready for two experiments this week, testing graphene technologies for space-related applications in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Two teams of researchers will explore the benefits
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11/14/2017
Fuel Cell X-ray Study Details Effects of Temperature and Moisture on Performance
Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell - which shows promise as a clean, renewable next-generation power source for vehicles and other uses - requires precise temperature and moisture controls to be at its best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel
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11/13/2017
Offshore Wind 'Could be a Bonanza' for UK Says Expert

As the world gathers in Bonn for COP23, the UN's annual climate change conference, Professor Mike Barnes, from The University of Manchester's School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, outlines why he thinks offshore wind could be a boom industry for the UK.

The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country in the world with around 5% of our annual electrical energy coming from the sector. This is expected to grow to 10% by 2020. Wind power is also a fundamental part of the Government's decarbonisation targets. Windfarm electricity
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11/10/2017
Fueling the Future: ASU Scientists Promote New Method of Algal Hydrogen Production

Ale Smith, Kevin Redding and Andrey Kanygin: Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P).

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P). The goal of Redding and his research
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11/10/2017
SAN ANTONIO/PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal has recognized the Chevrolet Colorado as the magazine's 2018 Green Truck of the Year and the Ford Police Responder Hybrid as its 2018 Commercial Green Car of the Year at a San Antonio Auto & Truck Show press conference today. Earning recognition as
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11/10/2017
China's Sulfur Dioxide Emissions Fell Significantly While India's Grew Over Last Decade

Two maps compare total annual sulfur dioxide amounts for India and China during 2005 (left) and 2016 based on Ozone Monitoring Instrument measurements. Purple depicts the highest concentrations while white depicts the lowest. Note the decrease in size of the purple region over northeastern China.

Sulfur dioxide is an air pollutant that causes acid rain, haze and many health-related problems. It is produced predominantly when coal is burned to generate electricity. Although China and India remain the world's largest consumers of coal, a new University of Maryland-led study found that China's
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11/09/2017
Evidence-Based Action for a Competitive, Green and Trusted European Car Industry

This is a representation of how the DIONE module works.

The European Commission has introduced a package of measures seeking to reconcile the ambition of world-leading environmental standards with increasing the competitiveness of our car manufacturing industry to secure jobs and growth. The 2nd Mobility Package is also designed to offer a new deal for
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11/08/2017
Improving Sensor Accuracy to Prevent Electrical Grid Overload
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond
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11/07/2017
Nuclear Energy Programs do not Increase Likelihood of Proliferation, Dartmouth Study Finds

This is the Nuclear energy & nuclear weapons programs, 1954-2015.

Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research published in International Security. In a historical analysis of the
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11/06/2017
Breaking the Chain: Catalyzing a Green Future for Chemistry

This is a TEM image of CeO2-supported ruthenium nanoparticles catalyst. Yellow circles show Ru nanoparticles.

Osaka - The fight against climate change is a call-to-arms for industry. We currently rely on fossil fuels, a major source of the greenhouse gas CO2, not only for energy but also to create chemicals for manufacturing. To ween our economies off this dependency, we must find a new source of "green"
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11/06/2017
SAN DIEGO -- Qualcomm Incorporated confirmed that it has received a non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Broadcom Limited to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of $60.00 in cash and $10.00 in Broadcom stock. The Qualcomm Board of Directors, in consultation
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11/06/2017
Georgia State Physicist Gets $400,000 Grant to Study Solar Energy Conversion

This is Dr. Gary Hastings, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University.

ATLANTA--Dr. Gary Hastings, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, has received a two-year, $400,000 federal grant to study solar energy conversion in photosynthesis. The goal of this project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
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11/02/2017
Alison Sweeney of the University of Pennsylvania has been studying giant clams since she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. These large mollusks, which anchor themselves to coral reefs in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, can grow to up to three-feet
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11/02/2017
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