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Modular biobattery plant turns a wide range of biomass into energy

By - March 1, 2015
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a "biobattery" in the form of a highly efficient biogas plant that can turn raw materials like straw, scrap wood and sludge into a variety of useful energy sources including electricity, purified gas and engine oil. The new plant design, currently being put to the test in a prototype plant in Germany, is said to be highly modular and economically viable even at the small scale. Read More
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World’s first climate-positive data center being built in Sweden

By - February 27, 2015 2 Pictures
Information and communications technology consumes a full 10 percent of the world’s electricity, meaning that whenever a new data center is designed, its efficiency is of paramount concern. A new project, known as EcoDataCenter, will be the world’s first-climate positive data center, utilizing various techniques and technologies to ensure a positive impact on the wider world. Read More
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Tesla gearing up for release of batteries for the home

By - February 25, 2015
The same lithium-ion battery technology that powers Tesla’s electric vehicles will be used to develop a battery for the home, according to a statement by CEO Elon Musk during a recent conference call with analysts. The batteries would be used by homes and businesses to store excess energy generated from solar panels during the day, and drawn from at night when panels sit idle. Read More
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Apple looks greener than ever with new renewable energy-powered data centers

By - February 24, 2015 2 Pictures
We're creating more data than ever before – YouTube receives 300 hours' worth of video uploads every minute – and all of those 1s and 0s have to be stored somewhere. With this in mind Apple's €1.7 billion (around US$1.9 billion) European data centers, which will be powered entirely from renewable energy sources, show a commitment to the planet's future. Read More
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VTT's energy-harvesting "tree" generates electricity from multiple sources

By - February 19, 2015 4 Pictures
In January, the VTT Technical Centre of Finland unveiled its decorative, mass-producible organic photovoltaic (OPV) leaves designed to capture energy from interior lighting to power small devices and sensors. Now, the company has followed the logical path and come up with an energy-harvesting tree that generates electricity from a variety of sources. Read More
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NASA study predicts devastating droughts during the last half of the century

By - February 17, 2015 2 Pictures
A new NASA study is predicting the occurrence of severe "megadroughts" across the United States in the second half of this century, that are set to be more extreme and prolonged than any droughts that have taken place in the region for the past 1,000 years. According to the study, one of the key driving forces behind the devastating droughts will be the prolific creation of human-produced greenhouse gasses. Read More
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Researchers develop system for on-farm biofuel and animal feed production

By - February 11, 2015
Building on methods used by farmers to produce silage for feeding livestock, Japanese researchers have developed a technology for simultaneous biofuel and animal feed production which doesn't require off-site processing. The solid-state fermentation (SSF) system captures ethanol produced as a result of fermentation resulting from wrapping rice plants grown to feed livestock in a plastic-covered bale containing yeast, enzymes and bacteria. Read More
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ESA successfully tests FLEX instrument, designed to create maps of photosynthetic activity

By - February 4, 2015
The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully tested its Fluorescence Explorer mission (FLEX), which is vying for a spot on the organisation’s eight Earth Explorer satellite. The mission, which aims to create global maps of photosynthetic activity, will allow for the identification of vegetation suffering degrees of stress that simply aren’t visible to the human eye. It has the potential to significantly further our understanding of the global carbon cycle, and could have an impact on agricultural management. Read More
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