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Geothermal Technology Sequesters Carbon Dioxide Underground

University of Minnesota researchers have developed an innovative approach to tapping heat beneath the Earth’s surface. The method is expected to not only produce renewable electricity far more efficiently than conventional geothermal systems, but also help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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Read the June Issue of Solar & Wind Power

The latest issue of Solar & Wind Power has more new feature articles, application stories, tech briefs, videos, products, and research news - all on the latest advances in renewable energy.

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Will “smart grid” efforts succeed?

The White House announced last week that is was planning to forge ahead with "smart grid" plans for the United States. By increasing controls technology and digital information, the effort would potentially update the American electrical transmission system to provide real-time information about the state of the grid. Supporters of the move say that by monitoring power - where, when and how it's used - consumers and power companies could store power overnight, incorporate intermittent generators like wind and solar, and generally get more bang for their buck. Skeptics, however, mention possible drawbacks in bringing IT to energy, including the security and privacy concerns of consumers whose movements on the grid could be traced and tracked by multiple parties. What do you think? Will "smart grid" efforts succeed? Yes or no?
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'Create the Future' - Sustainably

There are only 10 days left to enter the 2011 "Create the Future" Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Creo - a PTC product, and Tech Briefs Media Group. The contest will award a Grand Prize of $20,000 USD for outstanding innovation in product design.

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Geothermal Technology Advancement for Rapid Development of Resources in the U.S.

DOE has announced that up to $70 million is available in funding for technology advancements in geothermal energy. Innovations in exploration technologies to locate geothermal energy resources and improvements in resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques are targeted.

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Combatting Wind Turbine Noise

Acoustics researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia are developing a computer model to predict the noise output from wind farms so they can accurately and quickly assess the effectiveness of potential noise-reducing designs and control methods.

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May Issue of Lighting Technology Now Available

This issue of Lighting Technology has more new feature articles, application stories, tech briefs, products, and research news - all on the latest advances in LEDs and solid-state lighting.

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Splitting Water to Create Renewable Energy: Simplified

An international team of scientists led by a team at Monash University of Melbourne, Australia has found that the key to the hydrogen economy could come from a very simple mineral - commonly seen as a black stain on rocks.

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Researchers Counteract Biofuel Toxicity in Microbes

Advanced biofuels are highly touted as potential replacements for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. Equally touted is the synthesis of these fuels through the use of microbes. However, many of the best candidate compounds for advanced biofuels are toxic to microbes, which presents a “production versus survival” conundrum.

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Jewel-Toned Organic Phosphorescent Crystals: A New Class of Light-Emitting Material

Pure organic compounds that glow in jewel tones could potentially lead to cheaper, more efficient, and flexible display screens, among other applications. University of Michigan researcher Jinsang Kim and his colleagues have developed a new class of material that shines with phosphorescence — a property that has previously been seen only in non-organic compounds or organometallics.

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