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Packing Heat: New Fluid Makes Untapped Geothermal Energy Cleaner


More American homes could be powered by the earth’s natural underground heat with a nontoxic fluid that could cut in half the amount of water needed for a new power generation method called enhanced geothermal systems.
15-Apr-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Erupting Electrodes: How Recharging Leaves Behind Microscopic Debris Inside Batteries


Using a powerful microscope to watch multiple cycles of charging and discharging under real battery conditions, researchers have gained insight into the chemistry that clogs rechargeable lithium batteries in work appearing in the March issue of the...
9-Apr-2015 5:05 PM EDT

Analytical Innovations Bring $10 Million Back to National Laboratory, Battelle

A suite of analytical innovations used to detect and measure very low levels of compounds and elements has topped $10 million in licensing income for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its operator Battelle. It’s the first time that income...
2-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

PNNL Team Wins American Chemical Society Award


For the first time, the American Chemical Society honors a team with its Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science.
24-Mar-2015 2:05 PM EDT

The Climate Is Starting to Change Faster

The Earth is now entering a period of changing climate that will likely be faster than what’s occurred naturally over the last thousand years, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change, committing people to live through and adapt to a...
6-Mar-2015 7:00 PM EST

Big Box Stores Could Ditch the Grid, Use Natural Gas Fuel Cells Instead


Natural gas powered solid oxide fuel cells, located at the point of use to produce electricity for facilities the size of big box stores, could provide economic and environmental benefits, with additional research, according to new study.
4-Mar-2015 4:30 PM EST

Permafrost's Turn of the Microbes


As the Arctic warms, tons of carbon locked away in Arctic tundra will be transformed into the powerful greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane, but scientists know little about how that transition takes place. In a study appearing in today's...
4-Mar-2015 3:05 PM EST

New Flow Battery to Keep Big Cities Lit, Green & Safe

The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. It’s high energy density, and resulting lower...
25-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST

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