When less is more: Fewer proton relays improve catalytic rates
(Phys.org) —By directly comparing three closely related catalysts, scientists at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis established that hydrogen production speed and efficiency are influenced by the ...
Scientists wary of shale oil and gas as US energy salvation
After 10 years of production, shale gas in the United States cannot be considered commercially viable, according to several scientists presenting at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver on Monday. They argue ...
Future mining and dining booms depend on water
The next mining boom and the emerging 'dining boom' in agriculture will depend critically on whether Australia has enough water to support them.
Bees provide cash boost as they fuel a greener future
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have shown that bees contribute almost €4 million to the Irish economy each year, simply by improving seed production in crops of oilseed rape.
Potential of straw for the energy mix has been underestimated
Straw from agriculture could play an important role in the future energy mix for Germany. Up until now it has been underutilised as a biomass residue and waste material. These were the conclusions of a study ...
Scientists identify key genes for increasing oil content in plant leaves
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified the key genes required for oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and other vegetative plant ...
Air, water and sun: The ingredients of 'green gasoline'
(Phys.org) —Mimicking a natural process perfected over billions of years to capture solar energy, researchers are creating artificial photosynthetic systems that will turn air and water into transport fuel.
Researchers find rust can power up artificial photosynthesis
Chemists at Boston College have achieved a series of breakthroughs in their efforts to develop an economical means of harnessing artificial photosynthesis by narrowing the voltage gap between the two crucial ...
3-D printing: Making your own saves energy, scientist says
3D printing isn't just cheaper, it's also greener, says Michigan Technological University's Joshua Pearce.
Green business from recycled dairy wastewater
An innovative new way of treating dairy wastewater and whey could cut water and energy consumption dramatically, saving the food industry millions of euros.
Wormlike hematite photoanode breaks the world-record for solar hydrogen production efficiency
A research team of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, developed a "wormlike" hematite photoanode that can convert sunlight and water to clean hydrogen energy with a record-breaking ...
A new way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
At a time when scientists are quickly running out of options, McMaster researchers are using a new approach to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Algae biofuel cuts CO2 emissions more than 50 percent compared to petroleum fuels
Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum according to a new peer-reviewed ...
Environmentally friendly cement is stronger than ordinary cement
New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that cement made with waste ash from sugar production is stronger than ordinary cement. The research shows that the ash helps to bind water in the cement so ...