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Energy and the Environment News
December 9, 2019

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Over the course of several months, researchers created Escherichia coli strains that consume carbon dioxide for energy instead of organic compounds. This achievement in ... read more
Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to ... read more
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical ... read more
Scientists have designed an affordable 'flow battery' membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the ... read more
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Grid Reliability Under Climate Change May Require More Power Generation Capacity

Researchers applied a new modeling approach for long-term planning of the U.S. power grid under future climate and water resource conditions. The new approach shows the grid may need an additional ... read more

Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage

Scientists present a comprehensive analysis of two decades of energy storage research involving nanomaterials. The authors lay out a roadmap for how this technology can enable the world's urgent ... read more

Researchers Design an Improved Pathway to Carbon-Neutral Plastics

Researchers have designed a new and improved system for efficiently converting CO2, water, and renewable energy into ethylene -- the precursor to a wide range of plastic products -- under neutral ... read more

Emissions from Electricity Generation Lead to Premature Deaths for Some Racial Groups

Researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental ... read more

New Hybrid Device Can Both Capture and Store Solar Energy

Researchers have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation ... read more

This Humidity Digester Breathes in Atmospheric Water and Exhales Energy

Integrating a super moisture-absorbent gel with light-active materials, researchers have developed a humidity digester to dry the ambient air while generating energy. The method is a green ... read more

Wind More Effective Than Cold Air at Cooling Rooms Naturally

The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of ... read more

As an alternative to government-issued money, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin offers relative anonymity, no sales tax and freedom from bank and government interference. But some people argue that these ... read more

Decarbonizing the Power Sector

Electricity supply is one of the biggest CO2 emitters globally. To keep global warming well below 2°C, several paths lead to zero emissions in the energy sector, and each has its potential ... read more

Boosting Wind Farmers, Global Winds Reverse Decades of Slowing and Pick Up Speed

In a boon to wind farms, average daily wind speeds are picking up across much of the globe after about 30 years of gradual slowing. Research shows that wind speeds in northern mid-latitude regions ... read more

Novel Direct Thermal Charging Cell Converts Low-Grade Waste Heat to Usable Electricity

Engineers can now efficiently convert heat into electricity, creating a huge potential to reduce greenhouse effects by capturing exhaust heat and cutting down primary energy ... read more

How Much Energy Do We Really Need?

Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research for ... read more

New Material Breaks World Record Turning Heat Into Electricity

Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electrical energy. The amount of energy that can be generated is measured by the so-called ZT value. The best thermoelectrics to date were measured at ZT ... read more

Modeling Every Building in America Starts With Chattanooga

Researchers used a supercomputer to model every building serviced by the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga -- all 178,368 of them -- and discovered through more than 2 million simulations that EPB ... read more

How Everyday Products Are Supercharging Landfill Gas, and What That Means

Synthetic compounds increasingly used in everyday products like shampoo and motor oil are finding their way into landfills and supercharging the biogas those landfills produce, researchers have ... read more

Climate Impact of Hydropower Varies Widely

Hydropower is broadly considered to be much more environmentally friendly than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and in many cases this is true. However, a new study reveals that the climate ... read more

Visualizing Heat Flow in Bamboo Could Help Design More Energy-Efficient and Fire-Safe Buildings

Modified natural materials will be an essential component of a sustainable future, but first a detailed understanding of their properties is needed. The way heat flows across bamboo cell walls has ... read more

Iron-Based Solar Cells on Track to Becoming More Efficient

An international study shows that 30% of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner. By closing this loophole, the researchers hope to ... read more

New Exploration Method for Geothermal Energy

Where to drill? This is the basic question in the exploration of underground energy resources, such as geothermal energy. A research team presents a new method for locating potential drilling sites ... read more

Study Shows Where Global Renewable Energy Investments Have Greatest Benefits

New study finds that the amount of climate and health benefits achieved from renewable energy depends on the country where it is installed. Countries with higher carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and ... read more

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