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Steam from the sun - New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam

by MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (Jul. 21, 2014)

Original story at MIT News The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the ...

Getting a charge out of water droplets

by MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (Jul. 14, 2014)

Original story at MIT News Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be ...

Wind Power Growth Surging Where Supports Provided

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 15, 2014)

Double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013. Of today’s 318 gigawatts (GW) total generating capacity, 35 GW was added in 2013 alone. However, this growth (12.5 percent increase over 2012) was a significant drop from the average growth rate over the last 10 years (21 percent). Overall investment declined slightly from ...

Are emissions fueling Australian droughts?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 17, 2014)

American scientists have just confirmed that parts of Australia are being slowly parched because of greenhouse gas emissions – which means that the long-term decline in rainfall over south and south-west Australia is a consequence of fossil fuel burning and depletion of the ozone layer by human activity. Such a finding is significant for two ...

100 Jobs in 100 Days Career Fair: SolarCity Hiring in Granite Bay

by SolarCity Corporation  (Jun. 19, 2014)

SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar power provider, plans to hire an additional 100 sales employees in the next 100 days. The company will host a “100 Jobs in 100 Days” career fair at its current Granite Bay location at 4202 Douglas Blvd., Ste. 100, on June 21—the first day of summer—at 9 a.m. SolarCity’s ...

Looking For the Answer in the Ground

by Grundfos Pumps Corporation  (Jun. 24, 2014)

It has been a dry year in Australia. Very dry. Especially in Central Queensland, where the lack of rainwater is taking its toll. The land is thirsting, and the demand for groundwater is making record sales for submersible pumps. The sun is shining from a clear, blue sky. Not a cloud is in sight. Like most days. The temperature is a sizzling ...

Abengoa to develop new solar-thermal storage technology in collaboration with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines

by Abengoa  (Jun. 10, 2014)

Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a new solar ...

Tofu Could Be Solar Power’s Missing Ingredient

by Climate Action  (Jul. 2, 2014)

A major component holding back the solar industry's drive towards multi-surface flexible panels is the necessity for cadmium chloride, which is both expensive and toxic. New research from British scientists at the University of Liverpool, however, has the potential to remove its requirement and, in doing so, reduce the cost and toxicity of the ...

Toshiba to Demonstrate Home Energy Monitoring System and Community Management System in Lyon, France

by Toshiba Corporation  (Jun. 16, 2014)

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) and Toshiba Solutions Corporation today announced that they have started to demonstrate a home energy monitoring system and community management system (CMS) in the Lyon redevelopment area in Lyon, France. The demonstration is a part of the Lyon Confluence Smart Community Demonstration Project developed by ...

Solar Power Leader Barbados to Host World Environment Day 2014

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (May 8, 2014)

Barbados, a Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will host this year's World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June 2014, according to a joint announcement made today by the government of Barbados and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme for this year's celebrations is "Small ...

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