Utilities are showing strong support for renewable energy in the US

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A growing number of major utilities are entering into the renewable energy space More utilities in the United States are beginning to scramble to embrace renewable energy, despite incoming changes to federal energy policy. The Trump Administration is poised to show more support for fossil-fuels, particularly coal and oil. The federal government is expected to ease regulations on the fossil-fuel sector in an effort to promote the expansion of conventional forms of power. Utilities, however, see significant opportunity in renewable energy, especially where solar and wind are involved. Wind and…

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Researchers make a breakthrough in sustainable hydrogen fuel production

Penn State researchers have developed a new photo-catalyst that can efficiently produce hydrogen Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have made a breakthrough in the sustainable production of hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen is becoming more important as an energy resource, especially in the transportation space where automakers are making vehicles equipped with fuel cells. Conventional hydrogen production is heavily reliant on fossil-fuels, however, which makes fuel cells less environmentally friendly than other forms of clean power. The researchers from Pennsylvania State University have found a way to leverage renewable energy in…

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Report warns of the brutal impact of climate change

Efforts to fight climate change may be failing The European science journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has published a new report from numerous scientists that notes that current efforts to fight climate change may be failing. Several years ago, the world’s leading nations banded together and agreed to limit the level of global warming to a degree they believed would be manageable. The report found, however, that allowing temperatures to rise by this agreed upon level may have disastrous consequences for the planet. Nations may be too slow to fight…

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Chemicals used in fracking found in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

Study finds chemical compounds used for hydraulic fracturing in household drinking water. According to the findings of a study recently published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, trace amounts of 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE), a chemical compound used in drilling fluid (and can also be found in cosmetics and household paint), were found in the drinking water of three Pennsylvanian homes; a finding which only adds to the growing concern that fracking poses risks to public health. The three homes are located near gas wells in the Marcellus Shale….

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Methane biofuel produced through the use of microbes

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New methane production method could be a boon for industry Researchers from Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University have been working on a new system that produces industrial gases through the use of microorganisms. Scientists from the universities believe that microbes can be used to create methane gas and other chemical compounds using electricity generated from renewable sources. Methane can, in turn, be used to power fuel cells and other energy systems that produce clean electricity. Researchers believe that their method of fuel production could eliminate the need for fossil-fuels…

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Penn State researchers create microbial fuel cell that could bring clean water to impoverished communities around the world

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Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have created a new fuel cell that could be a great boon for impoverished communities around the world. It is called the microbial reverse electrolysis cell (MRC), and is a kind of microbial fuel cell that generated electricity by consuming hydrogen gas. Penn State researchers believe that their new fuel cell serves a dual purpose of water-treatment and energy generation. As with other hydrogen fuel cells, the MRC creates clean water as a byproduct of energy production, though at much greater quantities than its…

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New fuel cell uses bacteria, wastewater and salt water to form a self-sustaining fuel system

Hydrogen Research

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have found a way to produce hydrogen from wastewater without having to rely on grid electricity. The discovery revolves around salt water and accounts for an “inexhaustible” source of hydrogen fuel, according to researchers. Using a microbial fuel cell packed with a certain kind of bacteria, researchers have been able to produce hydrogen through electrolysis using nothing more than wastewater and salt water. The process is entirely carbon-neutral, making it one of the cleanest forms of energy production known to man. Microbial fuel cells…

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Solar energy made more efficient with the help of nanotechnology

Solar Energy India

Solar energy, as an alternative fuel source, has long been plagued by a lack of efficiency. Much of the power generated by solar panels is lost, requiring a vast number of panels to be used in order to generate a practical amount of energy. The panels are also notoriously frail, degrading and becoming less efficient over time. Researcher from the University of Toronto and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and the Pennsylvania State University may have found a way to make solar energy more viable with the…

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