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


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


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.

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


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


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


Transparent Conductive Material May Lead to Power-Generating Windows

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material could be used to develop transparent solar panels or even windows that absorb solar energy to generate electricity.

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Measuring Air-Sea Exchange of Carbon Dioxide in the Open Ocean

A team led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre of Southampton, UK have measured the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in the open ocean at the highest wind speed to date. Their findings are important for understanding how interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere influence climate.

Posted in: Climate, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, News, GDM