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Virginia Tech flexible solar panel goes where silicon can’t

In the very near future, recycling light energy may be easier than recycling any other item in your house. Led by Shashank Priya, a team of mechanical and materials engineers and chemists at Virginia Tech, including post-doctoral researchers Xiaojia Zheng

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World’s largest solar project would generate electricity 24 hours a day, power 1 million U.S. homes

The race to build the world’s largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind once built.

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Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their

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How smart cities are creating a greener future

Advances in technology are quickly paving the way for smart cities. A smart city is an urban center that harnesses technologies, such as IT, to improve the quality of life of residents, manage available resources such as roads and water

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These four games will teach how we can tackle climate change

For both kids and adults, games are sometimes a great way to learn about social issues and brainstorm creative solutions. The nonprofit Games for Change has worked on this idea for more than a decade, and at its annual festival

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Solar energy could meet up to 13% of global power needs by 2030

The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2 per cent today to as much as 13 per cent by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released on

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Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville

The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has touched down in Spain, completing the 70-hour Atlantic leg of its historic bid to circle the globe. The landing in Seville marked the end of the 15th stage of Solar Impulse’s journey. Mission managers will

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Blowin’ in the wind

Since 1978, Nasa has been monitoring ocean winds via scatterometry, the data of which has improved weather and hurricane forecasts and helped us better understand global climate patterns. Knowing which way the wind is blowing over water is critical for

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The status of renewable energy policies, technologies and investment trends across the world

Access to the latest data and statistics in the renewables sector is crucial to the decision making processes of policy makers and investors. With this in mind, REN21 has created the Renewables Interactive Map, to facilitate the accessibility of renewable

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Europe’s problem with diesel cars

New UK government tests confirm that diesel cars produce a lot more air pollution in real-world driving when compared with the legal tests. Those sold since 2009 emitted six times more nitrogen oxides, on average. Compared with the stricter standards

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