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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Zero Emisson Electricity from Natural Gas

Written by , on December 23, 2009

A new type of natural-gas electric power plant, which has been proposed by MIT researchers, could provide electricity with zero carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, at costs comparable to or less than conventional natural-gas plants, and even to coal-burning plants. Postdoctoral Associate Thomas Adams and Paul I. Barton, the Lammot du Pont Professor of […]  Read more »

Tiny Photovoltaic Cells Produce Competitive Results

Written by , on December 23, 2009

Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny "glitter-sized" photovoltaic cells which they say could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. The solar particles, made of crystalline silicon, are 10 times thinner than conventional 6-inch-by-6-inch cells, yet perform at about the same efficiency. As a result, 100 times less silicon generates same amount […]  Read more »

Aircraft Cause 10-15% of Arctic Warming

Written by , on December 23, 2009

An analysis by atmospheric scientists at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, has shown that, in the Arctic, aircraft vapour trails have caused 15–20% of surface warming. Globally, commercial aircraft vapour trails have been responsible for 4–8% of surface warming since records began in 1850 – equivalent to a temperature increase of 0.03–0.06°C. Previously, it […]  Read more »

US-China Renewable Energy Co-operation

Written by , on December 20, 2009

The United States and China have agreed on a plan for future co-operation on renewable energy. The main elements of the agreement are: Establishment of a US-China Clean Energy Research Centre to facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies by teams of scientists and engineers from the United States and China, as well […]  Read more »

European Offshore Wind Agreement

Written by , on December 7, 2009

Nine countries have signed up to develop an integrated offshore grid in the North and Irish Seas. England, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland have agreed to co-operate on the development of offshore wind infrstructure which is intended to make supplies of electricity more secure for the participating countries by making […]  Read more »