Renewable Energy Research

- January 27, 2015

Converting Olive Mash into Bio Cash

An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Carina Lagergren, a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of...

- January 16, 2015

Researchers Drive New Transportation Solutions

Hybrid car sales have taken off in recent years, with a fuel-sipping combination of electric- and gas-powered technologies that simultaneously deliver energy efficiency, low emissions,...

Bill Scanlon - January 14, 2015

Enzyme Could Create Biofuels 14 Times Faster than Current Methods

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass...

- January 09, 2015

Professor’s Solar-Powered Passive House a Real-life Physics Lesson

Assistant Professor of Physics Alexi Arango has been telling students in his Renewable Energy class for years about a little house in Maine that’s so energy efficient that it heats...

Leah Twilley - December 19, 2014

Researchers Developing Affordable Flow Battery Technology

The wind and sun can produce great amounts of power, but it can usually only be harnessed when it’s windy and the sun is shining. Researchers at Grand Valley State University and Ann...

Mike Janes - November 05, 2014

Boosting Solar Photovoltaic Efficiency with 'Tinkertoy' Materials

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will...

Bill Scanlon - November 03, 2014

Biofuel Opportunity: Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead

Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again — and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide...

- October 24, 2014

Evaluating Powerful Batteries for Modular Grid Energy Storage

Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque,...

Nancy Bazilchuk - October 22, 2014

Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel

The sea has long been a source of Norway’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude”...

Bill Scanlon - October 17, 2014

New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the...

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