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Looking to Cow Rumen for Better Biofuels Enzymes

A cow's digestive system allows it to eat more than 150 pounds of plant matter every day. Now researchers report that they have found dozens of previously unknown microbial enzymes in the bovine rumen – the cow's primary grass-digestion chamber – that contribute to the breakdown of switchgrass, a renewable biofuel energy source.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Fuel Cell Research and Development Funding Opportunity

Fuel cells use the chemical energy of hydrogen or other fuels to efficiently produce electricity or heat with minimal byproducts, primarily water. The DOE is accepting applications for a total of up to $74 million to support the research and development of clean, reliable fuel cells for stationary and transportation applications.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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Solar Reactor Converts Carbon Dioxide and Water Into Fuel

Cerium oxide — or ceria — is a common metal most famously used in self-cleaning ovens, and it is the centerpiece of a new technology from California Institute of Technology that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy, News, GDM

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Speeding Cleanup of Contaminated Sites

An engineering team at Oregon State University has invented a new type of radiation detection and measurement device that will be useful for cleanup of sites with radioactive contamination - making the process faster, more accurate, and less expensive.

Posted in: Pollution, Environmental Monitoring, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Funding Opportunity for Vehicle Research and Development

The DOE is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution.

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A Trip to the WEEC

Last Thursday, I left New York for DC to check out the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held at the Washington Convention Center. Though my Amtrak train was a little slow in getting there, the show flew by in a flash.

Posted in: Waste-to-Energy, Biomass, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, Lighting, News, GDM

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High-Power Switches for Future Energy Supply Networks

Renewable energy comes out of an electricity socket, but to get there it has to travel a long journey – from wind turbines out at sea or regional solar, wind, and biogas power plants. On the way to the consumer much energy is lost, but new electronic components will change things in future.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Biomass, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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