Renewable Energy Research

Bill Scanlon - April 23, 2015

Wind Energy Data: The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

A trained falcon named Houdini darts and soars next to a wind power plant in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, gathering radar data that could someday save the lives of his avian...

Bill Scanlon - April 14, 2015

Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels — an assurance demanded by customers,...

- March 24, 2015

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant...

- March 06, 2015

Researchers Discover New Material to Produce Clean Energy

Researchers at the University of Houston have created a new thermoelectric material, intended to generate electric power from waste heat — from a vehicle tailpipe, for example, or an...

Bill Scanlon - February 27, 2015

Scientific Research Crucial to Success of New Biofuels Plants

The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in the technology that has led companies DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale...

- February 16, 2015

A Forest of Power: Solar Energy-Harvesting Trees

Scientists at VTT have developed a prototype of a tree that harvests solar energy from its surroundings — whether indoors or outdoors — stores it and turns it into electricity to power...

- February 13, 2015

Why Baking Powder Increases Efficiency of Plastic Solar Cells

The efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process, comparable with the role of baking powder in dough mixture....

Jim Lane - February 06, 2015

Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

If you’ve been following the long-standing competition between electric and fuel-powered cars, you’ll know the basics. That electric motors have better efficiency than internal combustion...

- February 02, 2015

Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized...

- 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...

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