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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: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Government, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation Read More >> # 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: GDM, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases Read More >> # Will the Apple/Verizon partnership lead to widespread iPhone use in the enterprise? This week's question addresses last week's news that Verizon will soon sell the iPhone 4. Although some analysts say the move may double Apple's market share, many enterprises and financial institutions have held back on the mobile device due to concerns of its cost, security capabilities, and its compatibility with in-house systems like Microsoft Outlook. Will the Apple/Verizon partnership lead to widespread iPhone use in the enterprise? Yes or no? Posted in: Question of the Week Read More >> # 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: GDM, News, News, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Remediation Technologies Read More >> # 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.

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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.

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# 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.

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