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January 11, 2017
CAR TECH
New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third



Riverside CA (SPX) Jan 11, 2017
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more than 30 percent. Titled "Development and Evaluation of an Evolutionary Algorithm-Based Online Energy Management System for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles," a paper describing the research was recently accepted for publication in the journal IEEE Transactions ... read more

BIO FUEL
Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop
Scientists have confirmed that Miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much as switchgrass in the U.S. using an open-source bioenergy crop database gain ... more
ROBO SPACE
How to control the unknown: Novel method for robotic manipulation
A simple, linear robot is easy to control. With known goals and a clear understanding of variables, a controller tells the robot the rules to follow. If button A is pressed, for example, pick up an ... more
CHIP TECH
Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimizing the composition of the semiconductor layers ... more
TECH SPACE
New active filaments mimic biology to transport nano-cargo
Inspired by micro-scale motions of nature, a group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in Chennai, India, has developed a new desi ... more
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SOLAR DAILY
An ordered route to improved performance of solar cells
Silicon is the dominant material in the production of solar cells. However, perovskites are catching up: they are cheap, flexible and have a promising light-to-electricity conversion efficiency. KAU ... more
TECH SPACE
3-D printing and nanotechnology, a mighty alliance to detect toxic liquids
Carbon nanotubes have made 3-D printing and nanotechnology, a mighty alliance to detect toxic liquidss in scientific journals for a long time, as has 3D printing. But when both combine with the righ ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices stage weak rally ahead of U.S. market report
Crude oil prices notched only modest gains before trading opened in New York, even as Russia said it was trimming oil output as obligated under an OPEC deal. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Bionic woman: Chinese robot turns on the charm
"Jia Jia" can hold a simple conversation and make specific facial expressions when asked, and her creator believes the eerily life-like robot heralds a future of cyborg labour in China. ... more
CAR TECH
VW directors knew of emissions scandal earlier: press
Top Volkswagen officials knew about the company's "dieselgate" emissions-cheating software at least a month before they claim to have discovered the scandal, German media reported on Tuesday. ... more


Cadillac keeps plan to sell Chinese-made cars in US

TRADE WARS
HSBC mulls moving business ahead of Brexit
HSBC chairman Douglas Flint on Tuesday warned that the banking titan could move activities from London to continental Europe ahead of Brexit. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. ... 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

Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching
A new study offers a new understanding of the complex cellular machinery that animal and fungi cells use to ensure normal cell division, and scientists say it could one day lead to new treatment approaches for certain types of cancers. The research revealed a totally unexpected behavior about a "motor" protein that functions as chromosomes are segregated during cell division. The findings ... more
Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

Tesla starts mass production of batteries

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

Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation
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 wa ... more
An ordered route to improved performance of solar cells

U.S. offshore regulator joins solar power trade group

Off-grid power in remote areas will require special business model to succeed

EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. Problem-prone Areva, which is 87-percent owned by the French state, has faced severe difficulties since 2011, when the Fukushima disaster in Japan called nuclear power generation into question across the world. In April, Paris notified the EU Co ... more
Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close

AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor

Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant

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 journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa, U.S., and colleagues. From a climate change perspective, replacing fossil fuel with biofuel makes sense only if the latter h ... more
Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop

WSU researchers discover unique microbial photosynthesis

Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development

Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
More oil potential from Kurdish north of Iraq
The Kurdish north of Iraq continued to show its oil potential after a driller said operations were paving the way for additional exports. Oryx Petroleum Corp., a Canadian company focused on Kurdish oil, said it was making progress on appraisal and initial development of its Zey Gawra field after completing new drilling operations. Oil is flowing naturally from some wells at a rate of ab ... more
Oil prices stage weak rally ahead of U.S. market report

Sikorsky probing fleet after December oil platform incident

Russia claims compliance with OPEC cuts

Obama again defends climate deal
President Barack Obama launched a fresh defense of emissions curbs against Donald Trump's plans to scrap a global climate deal, saying the accord was in America's interest Monday. Writing in the journal "Science" Obama said that the United States was proving that reducing greenhouse gases can help economic growth. Reforms can "can boost efficiency, productivity, and innovation," he said. ... more
Global warming hiatus disproved yet again

Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Tillerson called to testify on climate issues

InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
People aren't the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards
When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given that other pollutants are emitted from power plants - along with carbon dioxide - research h ... more
China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Norway fund blacklists more coal groups over climate concerns

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

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

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 days and two nights. The flight was terminated several days ahead of schedule because of incoming weather. But the craft-built by Vanilla Aircraft of Falls Church, Virginia-landed safely with mo ... more
Russian Defense Ministry discusses aircraft modernization plans

Leonardo Helicopters wins U.K. military support deal

U.S. Air Force upgrades A-10C search capability

New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more than 30 percent. Titled "Development and Evaluation of an Evolutionary Algorithm-Based Online Energy Management System for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehi ... more
VW directors knew of emissions scandal earlier: press

Cadillac keeps plan to sell Chinese-made cars in US

US charges VW executive with fraud in diesel scandal

Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming. Initially, the ORNL team was studying methods to remove environmental contaminants such as sulfate, chromate or phosphate from water. To rem ... more
A new approach to recycling greenhouse gases

Diamonds are technologists' best friends

Graphene able to transport huge currents on the nano scale

Physicists solve decades-old scientific mystery of negative differential resistance
With a storied history that includes more than a half-century of research, a Nobel Prize, and multiple attempts at practical applications, the story of negative differential resistance - or NDR - reads like a scientific mystery, a mystery that University of Alberta physicists have at last succeeded in unraveling. What does this mean? An opportunity to combine the knowledge with existing te ... more
Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

Random access memory on a low energy diet

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Cities vie to hop on super-speedy hyperloop rail
US startup Hyperloop One on Friday disclosed a list of locations around the world vying to put near-supersonic rail transit system to the test. The startup company keen to revolutionize the way people and cargo travel said that 35 contenders remained from a field of 2,600 teams in a Hyperloop One Grand Challenge launched in May 2015. Viable submissions had to be condoned by government ag ... more
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