Middle East beginning to embrace solar energy
(AP)—Covering nearly 300 football fields in a remote patch of desert, the Shams 1 solar project carries off plenty of symbolic significance for the United Arab Emirates.
Plastic packaging industry is moving towards completely bio-based products
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique to significantly improve the quality of bio-based plastic packaging.
Team develops lignin-based thermoplastic conversion process
(Phys.org)—Turning lignin, a plant's structural "glue" and a byproduct of the paper and pulp industry, into something considerably more valuable is driving a research effort headed by Amit Naskar of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Scientists discover tobacco tree that could be used as biofuel
Researchers at Royal Holloway have been awarded a grant from the European Union, after identifying a tobacco tree that could produce biofuels.
A simpler path to a catalyst
Researchers at ETH Zurich developed a new synthesis procedure for a catalyst. This procedure may be used for the large-scale production of, for instance, plastics from renewable resources in an environmentally ...
Deadwood discovery reveals 7 new beetle species
Seven beetle species new to science have been discovered by a young University of Alberta researcher just starting out in her career.
Eco-friendly optics: Spider silk's talents harnessed for use in biosensors, lasers, microchips
Spiders use their silk to catch lunch. Now physicists are using it to catch light. New research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to more traditional ways of manipulating light, ...
Social and economic well-being of Mediterranean under threat by demand on environment, says new report
The Mediterranean region is using two and a half times more natural resources and ecological services than its ecosystems can provide, eroding the region's economic security and countries' capacities to guarantee ...
Super-microbes engineered to solve world environmental problems
Environmental problems, such as depleting natural resources, highlight the need to establish a renewable chemical industry. Metabolic engineering enhances the production of chemicals made by microbes in so-called ...
GE introduces natural gas FlexEfficiency 60 turbine
Belgians to build prototype nuclear reactor with particle accelerator to reduce waste threat
Study finds renewable energy could power more of electricity-scarce Afghanistan
(Phys.org) -- Afghanistan's growing economy is spurring more industrialization, but a severe energy shortage in the country threatens that progress.
Making 'renewable' viable: Engineers develop new technology for grid-level electrical energy storage
In the aftermath of the recent United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the focus of many industrialized nations is beginning to shift toward planning for a sustainable future. One of the foremost challenges ...
Japan opens solar energy parks
Japan opened several solar energy parks on Sunday as a new law came into force requiring companies to purchase renewable energy at a fixed price in a push for alternatives to nuclear power.