Energy

Turning Trees into Tires

Wood science researchers at Oregon State University have made some surprising findings about the potential of microcrystalline cellulose – a product that can be made easily from almost any type of plant fiber – to partially replace silica as a reinforcing filler in the manufacture of rubber tires.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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Funding for Algal and Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the availability of up to $85 million toward the development of algae-based biofuels and advanced, infrastructure-compatible biofuels. DOE seeks to bring together leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and government to develop new methods to bring new biofuels to market.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Energy, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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Cheap, Efficient, Flexible Solar Cells – From Nanopillars

There's a new way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible materials. The new design grows optically active semiconductors in arrays of nanoscale pillars - each a single crystal - with dimensions measured in billionths of a meter.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Geothermal Heat Extraction Process Takes Advantage of New Liquid

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have come up with an innovative approach that can safely and economically extract and convert heat from untapped geothermal resources. The heat recovery method makes the most of low-temperature “hot rock” resources.

Posted in: Videos, Geothermal Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Virtually Engineering Energy Conversion Plants

Photovoltaic and wind energy plants, hydroelectric power stations, and biogas plants can be complex to design and maintain. In designing a hydroelectric power station, an engineer needs to know what the pressures, temperatures, and fluid flows will be in the facility. Virtual reality makes planning and operation easier.

Posted in: Biomass, Solar Power, Wind Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, Hydroelectric Power, News, GDM

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A Low-Cost Manufacturing Solution for CIGS-Based Solar Cells

Though the solar industry today predominately produces solar panels made from crystalline silicon, they remain relatively expensive to make. New players in the solar industry have instead been looking at panels that can harvest energy with CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) or CIGS-related materials.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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First Step in Converting Solar Energy Using Artificial Leaf

Two things are needed to produce fuel from sunlight: an antenna that harvests light, and a light-driven catalyst. The most efficient antennae contain bacteria. An international team, headed by Leiden University professor Huub de Groot, modified chlorophyll from an alga so that it resembles the extremely efficient light antennae of bacteria.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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