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Plants' Oil-Production Accelerator Also Activates the Brakes

Brookhaven National Laboratory

UPTON, NY—Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory recently made a surprising discovery: They found that a protein that turns on oil synthesis also activates a protein that puts the brakes on the same process. In a paper just published in the journal Plant Physiology, they describe how this seemingly paradoxical system keeps oil precursors perfectly balanced to meet plants’ needs.

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Released:
20-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Newswise: At DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, science drives next-gen creations

At DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, science drives next-gen creations

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

American ingenuity is providing radical productivity improvements from advanced materials and robotic systems developed at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Released:
12-Jun-2019 11:50 AM EDT
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Newswise: Holistic View of Planning Energy Self-Sufficient Communities
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    11-Jun-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Holistic View of Planning Energy Self-Sufficient Communities

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

By using energy-efficient buildings and distributing means of energy generation, such as solar panels, throughout buildings, sustainable communities can achieve a yearly net zero energy balance. However, this average glosses over the local energy fluctuations that can challenge the supporting power grid. Researchers have now integrated power grid considerations into the model of a newly planned net zero energy district and examined energy fluctuations at 15-minute intervals. The analysis and recommendations are presented in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

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Released:
7-Jun-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: New Approach Optimizes Use of Future Wave Electricity Generators During Disaster
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    4-Jun-2019 11:00 AM EDT

New Approach Optimizes Use of Future Wave Electricity Generators During Disaster

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

When hurricanes strike, loss of electricity ranks as one of the top concerns for relief workers. New work, described in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, looks to develop a strategy for how floating devices that harness the energy of ocean waves might be able to provide this much needed aid. A researcher at Johns Hopkins University is studying a new approach to supplying electricity that both potentially provides a way of optimizing recovery efforts and poses questions about how relief is currently conducted in disaster areas.

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Released:
30-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Floating power plants

Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Huge floating solar islands on the ocean that produce enough energy to enable CO2-neutral global freight traffic - what sounds like "science fiction" researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, the Universities of Zurich and Bern and the Nowegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim have now calculated for the first time, as they write in the latest issue of the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS).

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Released:
4-Jun-2019 8:05 AM EDT
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Cornell team, EPA to partner on emissions big data project

Cornell University

A team from Cornell University associate professor Max Zhang’s lab will work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the next year on a machine learning model designed to predict fossil fuel emissions. The project was a winning entry in the EPA-sponsored EmPOWER Air Data Challenge.

Channels: Artificial Intelligence, Climate Science, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Green Tech, Pollution,

Released:
31-May-2019 8:25 AM EDT
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