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Purple Bacteria and Photovoltaics

Purple bacteria are single celled microscopic organisms that were among the first life forms on Earth. The tiny organisms live in aquatic environments and use sunlight as their source of energy. Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami, thinks its cellular arrangement could be adapted for use in solar panels.

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

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Genetically Engineering Algae for Biodiesel

John Morgan, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, is leading a portion of a federally funded effort based at Iowa State University aimed at creating genetically engineered algae for biodiesel production.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Biomass, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Bionic Coating for Fuel-Efficient Ships

The water fern salvinia molesta is extremely hydrophobic, surrounding itself by a flimsy skirt of air that prevents the plant from coming into contact with liquid. This inconspicuous plant could allow ships to have a 10 percent decrease in fuel consumption.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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Generating Hydrogen from Water

Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley have discovered an inexpensive metal catalyst that can effectively generate hydrogen gas from water.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Check out the March Lighting Technology Ezine

The first issue of Lighting Technology has arrived! This digital magazine is the latest offering from Green Design & Manufacturing, and features articles, tech briefs, applications and more regarding advances in energy-efficient LEDs and solid-state lighting.

Posted in: Lighting, News, GDM

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Thin Film Absorbers for Solar Cells

Oregon State University researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells - an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste.

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

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Paving the Way for Electromobility

Fraunhofer researchers are engineering wheel hub motors, which are integrated into a car's wheels, and could become the accepted drive concept for electric vehicles. The scientists are testing these and several other components on the "Frecc0," their demonstration vehicle.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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