Team models photosynthesis and finds room for improvement
(Phys.org) —Teaching crop plants to concentrate carbon dioxide in their leaves could increase photosynthetic efficiency by 60 percent and yields by as much as 40 percent, researchers report in a new study.
Researchers report on discovery to make solar power less expensive and more efficient
(Phys.org) —University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting early results on a way to make solar-powered panels in lights, calculators and roofs lighter, less expensive, more flexible (therefore less ...
Physicists pave the way for more energy efficient technology
An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency.
Plant-derived chemical converts to cellulosic ethanol and drop-in biofuels
(Phys.org) —Using a plant-derived chemical, UW-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that's ripe with possibility for biofuels.
155 European cities join Bloomberg ideas contest
Unemployment, energy efficiency and obesity are the top concerns targeted by some 155 European cities competing to out-innovate each other in a lucrative contest launched by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his foundation ...
Obama calls for new truck fuel standards
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered officials to start setting new fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy trucks, wielding his executive power in the fight against climate change.
World-record micrometer-sized converter of electrical into optical signals
Thanks to optical signals, mails and data can be transmitted rapidly around the globe. But also exchange of digital information between electronic chips may be accelerated and energy efficiency might be increased ...
Light-induced degradation in amorphous silicon thin film solar cells: New insight into microscopic mechanism
Researchers at the Helmholtz Center Berlin (HZB) have taken a leap forward towards a deeper understanding of an undesired effect in thin film solar cells based on amorphous silicon – one that has puzzled ...
Fine-tuning a rainbow of colors at the nanoscale
(Phys.org) —TVs, image sensors, iPads, digital cameras and other modern devices use filters to display the breadth of colors available in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Branson gets clean energy commitments in Caribbean
Political delegations from several small Caribbean islands who gathered this week on British tycoon Richard Branson's private isle committed Thursday to working with his renewable energy nonprofit and move at a faster pace ...
Proton flow battery advances hydrogen power
(Phys.org) —Researchers have developed a concept hydrogen battery based simply on storing protons produced by splitting water.
Video: Restoring historic buildings and saving energy
A brand new window with thin-layer glazing combines energy efficiency with the aesthetics of a baroque window.
Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Historical buildings and town quarters are an integral part of the European cultural heritage. However, such buildings are often not very energy efficient and thus contribute substantially to the emission of greenhouse gases. ...