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Discovery Could Streamline Production of Biofuels

A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) have pinpointed the gene that controls ethanol production capacity in a microorganism. This discovery could be the missing link in developing biomass crops that produce higher concentrations of ethanol at lower costs.

Posted in: News, News, Biomass, Renewable Energy

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Making Durable Synthetic Catalysts for Energy Storage

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have used a common protein to guide the design of a material that can make hydrogen gas. The synthetic material works ten times faster than the original protein found in water-dwelling microbes - clocking in at 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second.

Posted in: News, News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, Alternative Fuels

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With Photovoltaic Polarizers, Devices Could be Powered by Sunlight

UCLA engineers have created a novel concept for harvesting and recycling energy for electronic devices — one that involves equipping these devices' LCD screens with built-in photovoltaic polarizers, allowing them to convert ambient light, sunlight, and even their own backlight into electricity.

Posted in: Piezoelectrics, News, News, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Solar Power

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Understanding How the Ocean Impacts Climate Change

Lisa Collins, an environmental studies lecturer at the University of Southern California, spent four years collecting samples from floating sediment traps in the San Pedro Basin off the Los Angeles coast, giving scientists a peek at how much carbon is locked up in the ocean and where it comes from.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, News, News, Environmental Monitoring, Greenhouse Gases

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60-Watt Replacement Bulb Is A Winner

Yesterday, the DOE announced that Philips Lighting North America won the first award under the Department's Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. DOE's L Prize challenged the lighting industry to develop high-performance, energy-saving replacements for conventional light bulbs.

Posted in: News, News, Energy Efficiency, Government Initiatives

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LAUNCH: Energy Challenge Is Open For Submissions

NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and NIKE formed LAUNCH to identify, showcase, and support innovative approaches to global challenges through a series of forums. The LAUNCH: Energy Challenge has begun and focuses on sustainable energy challenges for the developed and developing worlds.

Posted in: News, News, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Government Initiatives

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Unusual Effect May Lead to More Efficient Thermoelectric Devices

Berkeley Lab scientists have found that temperature gradients in semiconductors, when one side of the device is hotter than the opposite side, can produce electronic vortices – whirlpools of electric current – and can, at the same time, create magnetic fields at right angles to both the plane of the swirling electric currents and the direction of the heat gradient.

Posted in: News, News, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Thermoelectrics

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