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Computer Model Simulates the Impact of White Roofs

The first computer modeling study to simulate the impact of white roofs on urban areas worldwide - led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO - suggests there may be merit to the idea of turning roofs white.

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DOE recently announced that it is awarding $78 million in stimulus money for research and development of algae-based biofuel. Yet researchers from the University of Virginia have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome, and propose using wastewater as a solution to some of these challenges. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Energy, Government, Green Design & Manufacturing Read More >> Study on Superconducting Hydrogen Offers Promise in Field Researchers from Carnegie Institute for Science have modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state — a big boost in the understanding of how the material could be harnessed. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Storage, Green Design & Manufacturing Read More >> Wildfire Detection and Monitoring System A low-cost wildfire detection and monitoring system using mobile communications technology is being developed by researchers at University of Adelaide's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing Read More >> Paper Strips Detect Toxin in Water Engineers at the University of Michigan led the development of a new biosensor - a strip of paper infused with carbon nanotubes - that can quickly and inexpensively detect a toxin produced by algae in drinking water. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Remediation Technologies Read More >> Desalinating Water Using Solar Pond and Membrane Distillation System Ecosystems of terminus lakes around the world could benefit from a system being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno that desalinates water using a specialized low-cost solar pond and patented membrane distillation system powered by renewable energy. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Green Design & Manufacturing, Remediation Technologies Read More >> Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory Sandia National Laboratories will use$4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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Development of a Centrifugal Hydrogen Pipeline Gas Compressor

DOE has prepared a Multi-Year Research, Development, and Demonstration Plan to provide hydrogen as a viable fuel for transportation after 2020, and commissioned Concepts NREC (CN) with the project of developing a centrifugal hydrogen pipeline gas compressor. Phase I of this project has been completed and is described in this article.
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Engineered Tobacco Plants Up Biofuel Potential

Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have found a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel.

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