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Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

by Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (Aug. 27, 2014)

Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires, a ...

The 2050 Imperative–Carbon Neutral Cities

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 20, 2014)

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has adopted a Declaration committing its member organizations and partners to exercise leadership in planning and designing sustainable, resilient, carbon-neutral and healthy built environments in the world’s cities and towns. Recognizing the central role architects play in planning and designing ...

Atlantic depths may hold key to heat hiatus

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 22, 2014)

For years, researchers have puzzled over the temperature rises that haven’t happened – but scientists in China and the US believe they have cracked the mystery of the missing heat. While calculations indicate that global average temperatures should be rising predictably, the planetary thermometers tell a different ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

by Associated Press  (Aug. 18, 2014)

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an ...

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 ...

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