- Flexible Nanoantennas Put Us On The Road To Affordable Solar Power
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory say they have devised an inexpensive way to produce plastic sheets containing billions of nanoantennas that collect heat energy generated by the sun and other sources. They say t ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 10 2008 - 5:07pm
- Nanoscale Catalysts Could Turn Garbage Into Cheap Source Of Ethanol
Biofuels are a bad word these days, due to the fact that everyone from Al Gore to George Bush thought ethanol was a good idea due to a lack of understanding actual science much less basic economics. But before grain ethanol and biodiesel there was 'ga ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 13 2008 - 6:37pm
- PHEV And The Hybrid Plug-in Grid
One way to help save the world is to buy a Prius for $20,000 but the fact remains that it still uses gas. The next vehicle in line, which crosses the half-way point between gas and electric, is the PHEV. The vehicle has a bigger electrical engine meaning i ...
Article - Audrey Amara - Aug 15 2008 - 1:33am
- Lithium-Polymer Accumulator Technology Means Better Energy Storage For Hybrid Cars
An automobile powered by petroleum on the freeway and by electricity in town uses considerably less energy. A hybrid propulsion system that switches over to generator operation when the brakes go on, producing electric current that is temporarily stored in ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 14 2008 - 9:47am
- TGD4 Protein Discovery Could Mean Plants Optimized For Biofuels
Scientists at Michigan State University have identified a new protein necessary for chloroplast development that they say could ultimately lead to plant varieties tailored specifically for biofuel production. Chloroplasts, which are specialized compartment ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 15 2008 - 6:28pm
- Replicating Hydrogen Creation The Photosynthesis Way
An international team of researchers led by Monash University has used chemicals found in plants to replicate a key process in photosynthesis paving the way to a new approach that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The breakthrough coul ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 18 2008 - 11:02am
- Corn Can Be Sustainable Biofuel, Says Study, But Using All The Corn Stover Is Not The Answer
With oil prices skyrocketing, the search is on for efficient and sustainable biofuels. Research published this month in Agronomy Journal examines one biofuel crop idea, the corn stover made up of the leaves and stalks of corn plants that are left in the fi ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 19 2008 - 12:42pm
- Stopping Oil Leaks From Biocorrosion Leads To Hydrocarbon Discovery
A group of University of Oklahoma researchers studying the environmental fate of petroleum spills have in the process isolated a community of microorganisms capable of converting hydrocarbons into natural gas. The researchers found that the process known a ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 19 2008 - 7:15pm
- Manganese Catalyst May Boost Efficient Hydrogen Production
Hydrogen will be one of the most important fuels of the future, if it can be obtained by efficiently splitting water. Today the electrolysis of water is a very energy intensive process, making it both expensive and unsustainable if the electricity necessar ...
Article - News Staff - Aug 26 2008 - 9:30am
- Energy- TM242 Compost Heap Bacteria Could Meet 10 Percent Of UK Needs, Says Researcher
Bacteria found in compost heaps able to convert waste plant fibre into ethanol could eventually provide up 10% of the UK's transport fuel needs, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting. Researchers from Guildford ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 8 2008 - 11:31pm