The EU’s renewable energy strategy receives strong criticism from scientists

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Scientists disagree with Europe’s plan of using wood as a renewable power source. Wood is being considered as a low-carbon fuel by the European Union, which has decided to make wood burning a part of its renewable energy strategy. Leading climate scientists adamantly disagree with this decision and say that adopting such a strategy is not only likely to increase greenhouse gas emissions across the continent but also devastate some of the world’s most ancient forests. Burning wood for fuel could double Europe’s use of renewable power by 2030. The…

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New 3D technology could benefit industrial hydrogen production

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Researchers invent 3D self-assembled steam electrode that can be scalable for hydrogen production. Idaho National Laboratory researchers are one step closer to being able to produce industrial hydrogen with greater efficiency. This has been made possible due to their invention of a 3D self-assembled steam electrode. The researchers demonstrated high-performance electrochemical production at low temperatures. In the paper published by the journal Advanced Science, the researchers revealed advances in the production of industrial hydrogen. This is used in petrochemical manufacturing and oil refining, as well as an environmentally-friendly green fuel…

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Revolutionary O-Wind Turbine can capture wind from any direction

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The uniquely designed turbine is the winner of the UK Dyson award. The O-Wind Turbine has won its two student designers from Lancaster University the prestigious James Dyson award. The innovative “spinning” turbine is capable of capturing wind from any direction, and could transform how consumers generate electricity. The turbine could be especially effective in cities. Traditional turbines require a significant amount of space to operate, typically not making them practical for most densely populated urban areas. The primary reason is that conventional wind turbines, capture wind travelling in only…

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Facebook announces ambitious renewable energy goal by end of 2020

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The social networking giant plans to rely fully on renewables in two years. Facebook has announced its new renewable energy goal as part of its commitment to reduce is greenhouse gas emissions by 75%. By the end of 2020, the company intends to power their global operations with 100% renewable energy. Facebook is set to become one of the largest corporate purchasers of green power. The world’s largest social media and social networking service firm is on track to be one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy. This…

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Geothermal energy research lab to be built in old coal mines

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Old coal mines in Scotland to become new research hub for geothermal power Geothermal energy research will be conducted in old coal mines located in Glasgow, Scotland to discover if these old mines can generate low-carbon heat for domestic consumption. The over $11 million project received approval, with construction set to move forward. The Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, is an estimated $11.7 million project. It was proposed by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the British Geological Survey. It received approval for construction from the Glasgow City…

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Rooftop solar energy to power new LA Lakers Training Facility

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The UCLA Health Training Center has been equipped with renewable energy. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new practice facility that features a rooftop solar energy system. The state-of-the-art facility – the UCLA Health Training Center – located in El Segundo, has been built as the new headquarters for the Lakers and the NBA team’s minor league affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. The panels are expected to pay for themselves in four years. 465 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the facility. The panels are expected to…

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Hydrogen fuel cell car sets new Guiness World Record

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Students from Duke University set world record for having the most fuel-efficient vehicle. A hydrogen fuel cell car built by Duke University students has set a new fuel economy world record for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Guiness World Records confirmed the Duke Electric Vehicles (DEV) team’s impressive feat, an amazing 14,573 per gallon. The car circled the race track 8.5 miles using only one gram of pure hydrogen. The hydrogen fuel cell car, named Maxwell, which is a purpose built experimental vehicle that utilized a variety of technical innovations, made…

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New solar panel recycling plant recovers valuable materials

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Geltz Umwelt-Technologie has developed a solution for efficiently recycling solar panel waste. ELSi is a new solar panel recycling pilot plant project developed by the German engineering company, Geltz Umwelt-Technologie. It is an advance recycling system designed to retrieve reusable material from solar modules. Solar panel disposal will only increase in the years to come. Solar energy may be a viable renewable energy solution but it is not waste-free. Solar panels have a limited lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. For this reason, the development of solar panel…

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DOE awards $38 million to support fuel cell and hydrogen projects

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More than 25 projects across the United States will receive funding. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it has awarded $38 million in funds to support both new hydrogen projects as well as projects related to fuel cell technologies. In total, 28 projects in America will receive funding support. The funding specifically supports early-stage research and development. The DOE funding announcement was made by US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, while he was in Golden, Colorado touring the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This particular…

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Plastic waste is adding to the ever-increasing greenhouse gases problem

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New research from Hawaii reveals plastics release GHG emissions. Due to common plastics degrading in the environment emitting greenhouse gases (GHG), plastic waste is now an even bigger environmental problem. This discovery was recently made by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). Exposure to ultraviolet light triggers the effect. The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, reports that the most common plastics degrading in landfills and oceans emit the greenhouse gases methane and ethylene when they…

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Solar energy facilities could provide habitats for bees and butterflies

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Solar power farms could serve another purpose beyond renewable energy generation. A team of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been looking into the potential benefits utility-scale solar energy facilities may offer bees, butterflies and other pollinating species, if these facilities also served as a pollinator habitat. USSE facilities in the US could be an ideal home for plants that attract pollinators. Typically, utility-scale solar energy (USSE) facilities are often filled with turf grass or gravel and the land is mostly unused. Research has…

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Plastic straws waste to be eliminated at McDonald’s Restaurant across Australia

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McDonald’s Australia is working on it eco-friendly image. By 2020, McDonald’s Australia intends to eliminate its plastic straws waste by phasing out existing plastic straws from its 970 restaurants across the country. The fast food giant is working with local suppliers to find a practical alternative. In its efforts to deal with the plastic straws waste problem, McDonald’s Australia has teamed up with local suppliers in search of a viable solution for the issue. First up, paper straws will be tested. The trial will begin this month and be rolled…

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A solar tarp could be a practical way to deliver electricity to those who need it

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Flexible solar panels could be just as efficient as traditional solar panels. A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are working on a way to develop a “solar tarp;” flexible solar panels that would be as efficient as a silicon solar panel but also lightweight, thin and bendable. Solar panels are not always a viable option for certain parts of the world. Developing this solar tarp could mean that the many parts of the world that currently do not have regular electricity, would benefit from…

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Zoo waste to energy project the first of its kind in North America

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Michigan State University and the Detroit Zoo have partnered for a clean energy project. A zoo waste to energy solution has been given the green light in Detroit. A Michigan State University (MSU) research team will build an anaerobic digester at the Detroit Zoo as a clean solution for the zoo’s animal and food waste problem. This will be the first anaerobic digester implemented at a zoo in North America. The team of university researchers, led by MSU researcher Dana Kirk, worked with the Detroit Zoo to build the zoo…

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New study suggests global warming is climbing twice as high as previously predicted

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The climate change crisis may be worse than current climate models have forecasted. New global warming research that was conducted by numerous researchers from 17 countries around the world, has revealed that the current climate predictions may underestimate long-term warming by as much as a factor of two. This could mean the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement may not be enough to prevent catastrophe. Green desserts and disintegrating polar ice caps could be the Earth’s potential future. The study, “Palaeoclimate Constraints on the Impact of 2 °C Anthropogenic Warming…

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Revolutionary polymer recycling technology ready to be brought to market

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Worn Again Technologies is prepared to accelerate its tech designed for recycling textiles. The British startup that has developed cellulose and polymer recycling technology has successfully reached its £5 million ($6.6 million) funding target. Having reached its investment goal, Worn Again Technologies is ready to bring its unique patented tech that can reprocess pure and blended cotton and polyester textiles to the market. Worn Again’s tech increases the potential to recycle raw materials in textiles. For over six years, the company has been intensively researching and developing its polymer recycling…

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