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Butterflies Show How to Improve Solar Concentrators

Written by , on August 17, 2015

Researchers from the University of Exeter have shown that, by mimicking the posture and wing structure of Cabbage White butterflies, they can vastly increase the efficiency of solar concentrators.  Read more »

Tidal Fence Generates Power in Shallow Water

Written by , on August 10, 2015

Engineers at the University of Oxford have developed an innovative horizontal tidal turbine that promises to be significantly more effective than existing axial flow designs.  Read more »

Coating Increase Solar Panel Efficiency by 30%

Written by , on August 10, 2015

Researchers at the University of California Riverside think they’ve developed a technology that they say can boost the conversion efficiency of the panels by at least 30%.  Read more »

“Solar Flow Battery” Improves Efficiency by 20%

Written by , on August 7, 2015

Researchers at the Ohio State University have reported that they have developed a device which combines a solar cell and a battery and achieves a 20% energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries.  Read more »

New Rice Strain Greatly Redces Methane Emissions

Written by , on August 4, 2015

The US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a genetically engineered strain of rice that not only produces almost no methane but also more grain.  Read more »

Biotech to Make Fuel from Steel Mill’s Waste CO

Written by , on July 21, 2015

Biotechnology developed in New Zealand by LanzaTech is to be installed at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, to capture carbon monoxide and convert it into ethanol.  Read more »

New Material Releases Stored Heat on Demand

Written by , on July 20, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered a new type of ceramic material which stores heat energy for a prolonged period and releases the stored heat energy on demand by application of weak pressure.  Read more »

US Army Claims Solar Cell Breakthrough

Written by , on July 8, 2015

U.S. Army researchers at the Redstone Arsenal have developed a new type of solar panel which they say is a significant breakthrough in solar energy production being much thinner, more efficient and cheaper than current panels.  Read more »

MIT Researcher Claims Breakthrough in Battery Manufacturing

Written by , on June 29, 2015

Yet-Ming Chiang has developed a new process which he says will cut cut the cost of production by a factor of 10 and halve the cost of the batteries.  Read more »

10 Years of Progress in Renewables

Written by , on June 19, 2015

In its 2015 “Global Status Report”, REN21, the global renewable energy policy network, has summarised the increase in renewable energy capacity in the 10 years from 2004 to 2014. In 2004, global renewable power capacity (excluding hydro) was 85 gigawatts. In 2014, it reached 657 gigawatts.  Read more »