Environment

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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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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Boost for Energy Storage Systems

Batteries could get an upgrade from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovery that increases power, energy density, and safety while reducing charge time. The results could also have significance for applications in stationary energy storage systems for solar and wind power, and for smart grids.

Posted in: News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, Smart Grid

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Electricity and Carbon Offsets from Hog Waste

A system constructed by Duke University and Duke Energy on a hog finishing facility converts hog waste into electricity and creates carbon offset credits. Google, which invests in carbon offsets to fulfill its own carbon neutrality goals, announced its endorsement of the project this week.

Posted in: Pollution, Waste-to-Energy, News, Renewable Energy, Greenhouse Gases, Remediation Technologies

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