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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Simple solar energy technology could change the world

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The SunSaluter solar panel has gone open source. The solar energy technology behind the simple solar panel efficiency device known as the SunSaluter has been made open source so that anyone can build it. Now that it is no longer patented, the device can bring renewable energy to those who need it the most. The SunSaluter also produces clean drinking water. Developed by Chinese-Canadian software/mechanical engineer Eden Full Goh, the SunSaluter rotates and follows the sun throughout the day and boosts efficiency by 30%. Additionally, it produces four liters of…

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New York City renters and homeowners can benefit from community solar groups

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Many New York apartment dwellers may soon have access to solar power savings. Joining community solar groups may be an option this summer for some New York City renters and homeowners who live in buildings that do not have or that cannot support solar panels. These groups can help someone who doesn’t have direct access to solar power, lower their electricity bill. For instance, if someone in a Manhattan apartment wanted to lower their electricity bill with renewable power, they could join a community solar group. This would allow them…

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Tokyo 2020 sets high carbon-free renewable energy goals

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The next Olympic Games host city is focusing on green technology and sustainability. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is making every effort to reduce carbon emissions during the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games and when they take place. The Committee has a bold sustainability operation plan. Back in June, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced its plans to use as many renewable power sources as possible during the Games. The plan was created with the intention of contributing to the United Nations’ 17 sustainable…

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One of a kind hydrogen-powered ship sets sail on six year sea voyage

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Toyota is sponsoring the six-year world tour. Energy Observer is an autonomous hydrogen-powered ship on a six-year world tour, the first in the world. The project is being sponsored by Toyota, which is well-known for supporting a hydrogen society. Toyota has used hydrogen to help power land vehicles, including forklifts, trucks, buses and their hydrogen car, the Toyota Mirai. The unique boat is powered by renewable energy. The one-of-a-kind ship is a race boat that is more than a mere hydrogen-powered ship. It has been specially adapted so that it…

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Researchers build new cheap and sustainable biogenic solar cell

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A solar cell that uses bacteria can convert light to energy. Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered a new way to build cheap solar cells that are also sustainable. Called biogenic solar cells, they use bacteria that converts light to energy, even under cloudy skies. The bacteria-powered solar cell works equally efficient in both bright and dim light. This innovative biogenic solar cell generated a current more powerful than any previously recorded from this type of device. Its ability to convert light to energy, even in…

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Researchers develop “climate-immune” electric car battery

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New fast-charging EV (electric vehicle) battery can self-heat. Penn State engineers have developed an electric car battery that can stand up to cold weather. The newly designed battery is capable of self-heating, which allows it to rapidly charge in spite of frigid outdoor temperatures. EV batteries are negatively impacted by the cold. As is the case with most other batteries, the performance of an electric car battery suffers when it is subjected to cold temperatures. In fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that extreme weather (either very hot or…

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Transparent solar cells could one day generate power for homes and office buildings

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A team of researchers wants to turn windows into viable solar panels. Windows of homes and office buildings could one day generate solar energy via transparent solar cells, according to research conducted by scientists at Michigan State University. New technologies could revolutionize traditional solar windows. While glass windows generating solar power isn’t anything new, the trouble is that these windows traditionally have light-absorbing films embedded in their glass, which removes their transparency. Instead, they have a brown or reddish tint. Although this lack of transparency maximizes their efficiency to convert…

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Canada opens first retail hydrogen refueling station in BC

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Vancouver becomes first city in the nation to provide a hydrogen fuel station to consumers. HTEC (Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation) and Shell have partnered and opened the very first retail hydrogen refueling station in Canada, according to an HTCE press release. The station is located at a Shell refueling station in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). This is the first of many stations to be built in BC. The now open hydrogen refueling station is the first in a six-station network HTEC intends to build in BC’s Greater Vancouver and…

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