Wind energy is gaining ground in Morocco

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Massive wind energy project is yielding results for Morocco Morocco is home to the largest onshore wind energy system in Africa and it has offset a massive amount of emissions produced over the past two years. In 2015, the Tarfaya wind farm began operation and began changing the way Morocco received its electrical power. Previous to the wind farm providing energy, the country received 97% of its electrical power from fossil-fuels. Now, however, Morocco intends to focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and…

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Toyota to use artificial intelligence to research fuel cells

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New project will leverage the power of artificial intelligence to improve fuel cells Toyota has taken a strong liking to hydrogen fuel cells in recent years. The automaker has already launched its first fuel cell vehicle, called the Mirai, and intends to use fuel cell technology well into the future. The problem with fuel cells, however, is that they are expensive and they have efficiency issues that make them less viable than conventional engines. The Toyota Research Institute intends to address these problems, with the help of artificial intelligence. Use…

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Methane emissions are growing, which may be accelerating climate change

Report shows that methane emissions are growing very quickly Rising carbon dioxide emissions are often cited as a major contributor to climate change, but methane may actually be much more problematic for the environment. Scientists from Stanford University have released a new report, which highlights the growth in methane emissions and the potential effect this can have on climate change. The report notes that methane emissions hit new heights in 2014 and 2015. Moreover, methane emissions have been growing since 2007 and researchers are not entirely sure why this is…

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Study highlights the benefits of battery electric vehicles over those with fuel cells

New study draws attention to the advantages of battery electric vehicles A new study from researchers at Stanford University in the United States and the Technical University in Germany suggest that plug-in electric vehicles may be significantly more viable than their counterparts powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The study envisions a scenario approximately 30 years from now when new technology is more widely used and considerably more affordable. The study also envisions a future where a comprehensive infrastructure capable of supporting battery electrics and fuel cell vehicles comfortably. Batteries may…

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Carbon dioxide and plants used to create renewable plastic

A more eco-friendly plastic has been developed by Stanford University Scientists. Using carbon dioxide (CO2) and plant material, scientist from Stanford University have produced a renewable plastic. More specifically, according to Australia Network News, the scientists mixed carbonate with CO2 and furoic acid to create polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF); an alternative to the plastic ingredient polyester that is more environmentally efficient. The production of this alternative plastic can lower greenhouse gas emissions. The study, which was published earlier this week in the journal Nature, states that the researchers’ new approach can…

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Rust could lead to solar technology breakthrough

A team of researchers have made a discovery that could lead to large-scale solar energy storage. The discovery, made by a team of Stanford University engineers, is based on the fact that heating metal oxides, like rust, could be the basis for building a solar-powered battery; a solar technology that would result in the production and storage of electricity by separating the oxygen and hydrogen atoms that create water. In other words, rust and other ordinary metal oxides can be fashioned into solar cells able to split water into oxygen…

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Underground storage could be a boon for solar energy

Solar energy may benefit from underground energy storage solutions A new study from researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkley, suggests that solar energy, as well as other forms of renewable power, may be very reliable for supplying the country’s energy grid with electricity. The study highlights the use of inexpensive energy storage solutions, namely those that can be built below ground. Such solutions would be particularly beneficial for solar energy, as they can ensure electrical power remains available even when the sun is not shining. Underground…

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Solar energy finds a home in California’s croplands

Farmers may find success in solar energy systems Solar energy may become a very lucrative business for farmers and land owners in California. For the past several years, those that have bought significant amounts of land in the state have found that their farms have failed for many reasons. Now, however, the land may not be a total loss, as these farmers can tap into the power of the sun and turnover their land to solar energy developers that are operating in the state. Severe drought leads to failing crops,…

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Researchers develop new catalyst to produce hydrogen fuel efficiently

Stanford University produces new water splitter Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new single-catalyst water splitter that could optimize the process of using hydrogen fuel to generate electrical power. The new catalyst may lead to a brighter future for hydrogen fuel cells, which are becoming prominent energy systems in markets that are concerned with the potential effects of climate change. Climate change has become a concern among world leaders, and the scientific community has been working to find alternatives to traditional forms of energy in order to limit the…

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Universities divest in fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

Universities are beginning to withdraw support of coal and oil Universities in the United States and Sweden are beginning to divest in fossil-fuels. Several of these organizations have been announcing their divestment strategies over the past few weeks, showing more favor for renewable energy, as clean power could be a more economic and efficient way to obtain electrical energy. Earlier in the week, Oxford University’s General Purposes Committee met to discuss the matter of divesting from fossil-fuels. The university has nearly $4 billion in investments into the fossil-fuel space. Oxford…

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California drought may be linked to climate change

Study from Stanford University shows that severe drought could be connected to climate change A recent study released by Stanford University, commissioned by the National Science Foundation, suggests that the ongoing drought that has struck California is linked to climate change. Over the past four years, the state has been wrestling with a severe drought that has caused serious problems in its energy structure. This drought has been one of the most catastrophic events of its kind for the state, and it may be due to human-driven climate change. Storms…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Stanford University researchers have created a new fuel cell catalyst A team of researchers from Stanford University have created a new catalyst that could lead to less expensive fuel cells in the future. Cost has long been a problematic issue for hydrogen fuel cells. While these energy systems are able to produce a large amount of electrical power without also producing emissions, they are notoriously expensive, making their use somewhat limited. The high cost of fuel cells is largely due to the platinum that comprises their catalysts. An alternative to…

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Can Renewable Energy Power the World?

Clean energy had once been considered a fantastical idea that would never become a reality. Today, there are more renewable energy systems producing electrical power for the world than there has ever been, and these energy systems are becoming more plentiful with every passing year. In a world dependant on fossil-fuels, however, the potential of renewable energy is skewed, with some not knowing whether or not clean power is actually worth supporting. Solar, wind, hydrogen fuel, and other sources of clean energy have the potential to satisfy the entire world’s…

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A future powered completely by renewable energy may be possible in the US

Researchers have a plan to reach the 100% clean energy mark A team of researchers from Stanford University have developed a plan wherein renewable energy would account for 100% of the energy demand in the U.S. by 2050. The team, which is being led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson, believes that clean power has the potential to meet the country’s energy needs. The energy plan developed by the research team serves as the backbone of The Solution Project, which is a non-profit organization that aims to support the transition toward…

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Renewable energy storage problems may be solved with the help of a new battery design

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New battery could make renewable energy more favorable to modern energy grids Renewable energy is becoming a more popular concept throughout the world. More countries are beginning to embrace renewable energy for economic and environmental purposes, but are still faced with significant challenges when it comes to actually using clean power. One of the most significant of these challenges involves storage and how clean energy can be fed into existing energy grids. Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in the U.S. may have found a way…

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Solar energy vehicle makes progress at Stanford University

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Students advancing on solar energy vehicle project A group of students from Stanford University have been working on a new type of vehicle that will be powered by alternative energy. While this is not a new concept in the realm of transportation, these students are not focusing on hydrogen fuel cells or lithium-ion batteries, both of which are currently exceedingly popular in the auto industry. Instead, these students have set their sights on solar energy to power their ambitious new vehicle. Solar energy continues to be a fringe interest in…

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