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January 07, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation



Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jan 06, 2017
A team of international researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently engineered a new artificial leaf that can convert sunlight into fuel with groundbreaking efficiency. The research results achieved by Professor Jae Sung Lee and Professor Ji-Wook Jang of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Roel van de Krol at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany was published in the December issue of the renowned scientific journal, Nature Communications. In the stud ... read more

BIO FUEL
Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil
Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii--sugarcane and napiergrass--may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access ... more
TECH SPACE
Au naturel catalyst mimics nature to break tenacious carbon-hydrogen bond
A new catalyst for breaking the tough molecular bond between carbon and hydrogen holds the promise of a cleaner, easier and cheaper way to derive products from petroleum, says a researcher at Southe ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Turning your living room into a wireless charging station
The flat-screen TV on your living room wall could soon be remotely charging any device within its line of sight. Well, not your actual TV, but a device that is similar in size and shape. In a ... more
AEROSPACE
Vanilla aircraft proves to be anything but plain
A DARPA-backed small business effort broke boundaries for long-endurance flight this month by launching a uniquely designed, combustion-powered unmanned aircraft that stayed aloft for more than two ... more
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CAR TECH
BMW to deploy 40 self-driving cars in US, Europe
BMW Group announced Wednesday it would deploy 40 self-driving vehicles for tests in the United States and Europe ... more
CAR TECH
Hyundai eyes autonomous cars for the masses
Hyundai's Ioniq draws little attention as it maneuvers the streets of Las Vegas. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. oil and gas lobby calls for industry-led energy revolution
The leading oil and gas lobbying group in the United States called on leaders in Washington to release the reins of regulation for the sake of the nation. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Work email overload: can the law lead a fightback?
Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France's new "right to disconnect" law that guarantees all employees freedom from their work smartphone and email. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's Alibaba sues vendors over selling counterfeits
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has filed a lawsuit against two vendors for allegedly selling counterfeit goods, it said, weeks after the US put its main platform on its "notorious markets" blacklist. ... more


China's Huawei adds Amazon Alexa to flagship phone

INTERNET SPACE
China's TCL out to revive BlackBerry smartphones
Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation was at CES on Wednesday with a plan to revive BlackBerry handsets knocked from the mobile phone throne by Apple and Google. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Texas economist says OPEC cut won't create global shortage
The OPEC-fueled market recovery hasn't been felt yet in Texas, where the energy sector appears to have bottomed out, an economist said. ... more

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China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan
China's State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country's north to south, the government said Friday. Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing on Thursday to build the country's first high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) line, according to a governmen ... more
MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

Tesla starts mass production of batteries
Tesla Motors announced Wednesday that it has begun mass production of energy-saving batteries that it vows will take electric cars mainstream. "Today at the Gigafactory, Tesla and Panasonic begin mass production of lithium-ion battery cells, which will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and Model 3," Tesla said on its website. Mass production of the batteries are a critical step ... more
Devices that convert heat into electricity

Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

The answer is blowing in the wind
The amount of energy generated by renewables fluctuates depending on the natural variability of resources at any given time. The sun isn't always shining, nor is the wind always blowing, so traditional power plants must be kept running, ready to fill the energy gap at a moment's notice. Because the grid has no storage, and unlike coal or nuclear, there is no control over the fluctuating producti ... more
French power group aims to double wind capacity

New rules for micro-grids in Alberta

Offshore wind makes U.S. debut

The beating heart of solar energy
The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell is all that is needed to generate enough power during winter and summer to power a typical pacemaker. The study is the first to provide real-life data about the potential of usi ... more
Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

First movie of energy transfer in photosynthesis solves decades-old debate

Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation

AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor
AREVA NP supplied Rosatom with its safety instrumentation and control (I and C) system for its installation within unit 1 of the Novovoronezh-2 Russian nuclear power plant, which has been connected to the grid recently. AREVA NP supplied the digital reactor protection system based on the company's proven I and C platform TELEPERM XS. The system helps ensuring the safe condition of th ... more
Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant

Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings

Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies

Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development
The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by economists at Oregon State University. In a model of the forest industry, researchers in the College of Forestry combined an evaluation of costs for collecting, transporting and processing biomass with the p ... more
Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil

Biomass operations aren't currently feasible in rural communities

Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications

Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Dozens of companies land Nigerian crude oil contracts
Nigeria's state oil company said more than 30 companies, with nearly half of those foreign entities, have received one-year term contracts for crude oil. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. awarded contracts to 39 companies covering about 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. Sixteen of the companies were either foreign refineries or international traders, with the rest of the terms goi ... more
Oil prices move higher with more OPEC commitments

Another North Sea production milestone

Schlumberger continues acquisition trends

Global warming hiatus disproved yet again
A controversial paper published two years ago that concluded there was no detectable slowdown in ocean warming over the previous 15 years - widely known as the "global warming hiatus" - has now been confirmed using independent data in research led by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley Earth, a non-profit research institute focused on climate change. The 2 ... more
Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Tillerson called to testify on climate issues

Seizing environmental opportunities under a Trump presidency

InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020
China has set a target of reducing its annual coal capacity by 800 million tonnes, according to a government plan reported Saturday by state media. Despite the target, Beijing expects total coal output to rise to around 3.9 billion tonnes by 2020, compared to 3.75 billion tonnes in 2015, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a document issued by the country's top economic planning bod ... more
Norway fund blacklists more coal groups over climate concerns

Black coal, thin pickings: China's miners face decline

Coal demand shifting to Asia, IEA says

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

ALIAS Pushes the Envelope on Aircraft Automation
DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program envisions flight operations with reduced onboard aircrew while improving mission performance and flight safety-all through a tailorable, drop-in, removable kit that would provide advanced automation to existing aircraft. In two important steps toward that goal, DARPA has recently completed Phase 2 of this development effort ... more
U.S. Air Force contracts BAE Systems for intelligence sharing

Fadea completes C-130 upgrades for Argentina's air force

India seeking a new foreign single-engine fighter

Electric car startup unveils 'new species' of vehicle
Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle Tuesday, proclaiming it to be a "new species" for personal transportation. The company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting (YT Jia), announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it would begin taking reservations for deliveries in 2018 with a $5,000 deposit for ... more
Chrysler's new tech-rich concept car aims young

Hyundai eyes autonomous cars for the masses

BMW to deploy 40 self-driving cars in US, Europe

Diamonds are technologists' best friends
Physicists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University have obtained diamond crystals in the form of a regular pyramid of micrometer size. Moreover, in cooperation with co-workers from other Russian and foreign research centers they have also studied the luminescence and electron emission properties of obtained diamond crystals. The research results have been represented in a serie of articles pu ... more
Graphene able to transport huge currents on the nano scale

No tax on CO2 emissions in China's new environment law

Big diamonds have liquid metal roots, deep in the Earth

Scientists turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks
A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm. This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers. This new computing circuit was developed by Nanyang Technologic ... more
Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

ONR global seeks more powerful electronic devices

Random access memory on a low energy diet

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China firm to sell first high-speed trains to the EU
A Chinese firm has signed an agreement to sell high-speed trains to the Czech Republic, its first deal with a member of the European Union, state media reported as Beijing urges its rail makers to expand overseas. The deal will see CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive - a subsidiary of Chinese rail giant CRRC, the world's largest train maker - sell three trains to the Czech railway company Leo Express ... more
German rail giant steps up 'Silk Road' freight line to China

Dubai studies super-speedy transport system

Student-designed Hyperloop pod demonstrates magnetic levitation

Madrid lifts partial car ban as pollution eases
Madrid on Thursday lifted an unprecedented ban on half of most private cars as pollution in the Spanish capital eased up. A day earlier and for the first time in Spain, authorities decided to implement a measure already used in other cities abroad by ordering vehicles with even-number registration plates to drive on even-number days, and cars with odd-number plates on odd-number days. Th ... more
Obama criticized after monument designation

Beijing starts 2017 under a cloud

In Spain first, Madrid bans half of cars to fight smog



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