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Self-Igniting Fungi Promising for Biomass-Based Fuels

The complete genetic makeup of two heat-loving fungi often found in composts that self-ignite without flame or spark has been decoded by an international team of scientists. Their findings may lead to the faster and greener development of biomass-based fuels, chemicals, and other industrial materials.

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Solar Decathlon 2011 Has A Winner

The University of Maryland has won top honors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy efficient, and attractive solar-powered house. Purdue University took second place followed by New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) in third.

Posted in: Building Technologies, News, Videos, News, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Recycling Technologies

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Cheap Sugars for Sustainable Biofuel Production

Researchers at Iowa State University think that fast pyrolysis - quickly heating biomass such as corn stalks or wood chips without oxygen to produce liquid or gas products - could be a new way to make inexpensive sugars from biomass.

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$10 Million in Funding to Support R&D to Improve SSL Manufacturing

The DOE has announced the availability of up to $10 million in funding for energy-saving lighting technologies. DOE is seeking applications for research and development projects to drive down the cost and improve the quality of solid-state lighting products through manufacturing improvements.

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Thermal Energy Harvesting Enables Wireless Sensor Deployment

Marlow Industries (Dallas, TX) has introduced the EverGen series of thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices, offering a zero-maintenance power solution for wireless sensor applications. EverGen thermal energy harvesters power wireless sensors without a battery, reducing replacement costs.

Posted in: Waste-to-Energy, Products, News, Batteries, Energy Harvesting, Thermoelectrics, Recycling Technologies

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Edible Carbon Dioxide Sponge

A team of researchers at Northwestern University has discovered that a class of nanostructures made of sugar, salt, and alcohol can efficiently detect, capture, and store carbon dioxide. And the compounds themselves are carbon-neutral.

Posted in: News, News, Greenhouse Gases, Remediation Technologies

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Flexible CIGS Solar Cells - 18.7% World Record Efficiency

New technology yielding flexible solar cells was developed by scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Key to the breakthrough is the control of the energy band gap grading in the copper indium gallium (di)selenide semiconductor, or CIGS, the layer that absorbs light and converts it into electricity.

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