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Released: 30-Jul-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Solar-Powered Microbes to Feed the World?
University of Göttingen

Microbes have played a key role in our food and drinks – from cheese to beer – for millennia but their impact on our nutrition may soon become even more important.

Newswise: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University and PPPL Wins Highly Competitive Award for Groundbreaking Research
Released: 30-Jul-2021 4:00 PM EDT
Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University and PPPL Wins Highly Competitive Award for Groundbreaking Research
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

News release profiles award-winning physicist Elizabeth Paul, whose work advances the development of fusion devices called stellarators that aim to harvest on Earth fusion energy.

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Newswise: Machine Learning Provides a Shortcut to Simulate Interactions in Materials for Solar Energy Harvesting
Released: 30-Jul-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Machine Learning Provides a Shortcut to Simulate Interactions in Materials for Solar Energy Harvesting
Argonne National Laboratory

Computer simulations can help us understand interactions in materials for solar energy harvesting, but they can be extremely complex. Researchers at Argonne have simplified these modeling tasks using machine learning to speed up materials development.

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Released: 30-Jul-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Watching Light Break Down a Model Photocatalyst in Near Real Time
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Chemists create catalysts for use in industry and other applications. One of the methods to create these catalysts is by using light to break down organometallic compounds, a process called photodissociation. This study used ultrafast infrared spectroscopy to study how ultraviolet light photodissociates gas phase iron pentacarbonyl. These insights may help scientists design new photocatalysts.

Newswise: David Sholl: Driving a Decarbonized Energy System
Released: 30-Jul-2021 11:15 AM EDT
David Sholl: Driving a Decarbonized Energy System
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

David Sholl, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new Transformational Decarbonization Initiative, is on a mission: hasten the development and deployment of decarbonization solutions for the nation's energy system.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Novel Method of Imaging Silicon Anode Degradation May Lead to Better Batteries
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A novel method of characterizing the structural and chemical evolution of silicon and a thin layer that governs battery stability may enable better, cheaper batteries.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Fungus That Tastes Just Right
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers are forming a clearer picture of how plant matter is transformed in the microbial gardens created by leaf-cutter ants

Newswise: Understanding Silicon Failure Opens Up Research Path for Higher-Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Understanding Silicon Failure Opens Up Research Path for Higher-Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries
Los Alamos National Laboratory

In silicon-wire lithium-ion batteries, electrolytes carve away the silicon, blocking electron pathways and greatly diminishing the charging capacity of these promising devices.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 10:55 AM EDT
US Subsidies Boost the Expected Profits and Development of New Oil and Gas Fields
Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing

Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (Somerville and Seattle, USA) and Earth Track, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, USA) examined 16 subsidies and environmental regulatory exemptions, providing one of the first estimates of how government subsidies will affect investment decisions for new gas fields in the coming decade.

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Newswise: Bubbling to the Surface: WVU Engineers Develop New Geothermal Energy Technology
Released: 28-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Bubbling to the Surface: WVU Engineers Develop New Geothermal Energy Technology
West Virginia University

As part of the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize competition, a challenge designed to spur innovation and address manufacturing challenges in geothermal environments, associate professor Terence Musho and Berry Chair Emeritus Nigel Clark in West Virginia University's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, have developed a new airlift approach to optimize current geothermal pump technologies.

Newswise: How Argonne Research Is Illuminating How Energy Costs Vary Nationwide
Released: 27-Jul-2021 3:30 PM EDT
How Argonne Research Is Illuminating How Energy Costs Vary Nationwide
Argonne National Laboratory

Research at Argonne National Laboratory is helping to illuminate how energy costs vary throughout the United States.

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Released: 27-Jul-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $9.35 Million for Research on High Energy Density Plasmas
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced $9.35 million for 21 research projects in High-Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).

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Released: 27-Jul-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Warming Soil Means Stronger Microbe Networks
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists generally expect species networks to be more stable under climate change if they have many species connected by many lines of interaction. This study investigated this pattern in microbial interactions in soils. It found that microbes might interact in more complex ways when soil is warmer, indicating the possibility that warming could lead to more robust networks.

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Released: 26-Jul-2021 4:15 PM EDT
Bottling Clean Energy in Chemical Bonds
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Of the various methods to store renewable energy, one stands out for holding onto energy for months at a time: storing energy in the chemical bonds of molecules such as hydrogen.

Newswise: Experts Cite Challenges, Progress Toward Geothermal’s Holy Grail
Released: 26-Jul-2021 1:20 PM EDT
Experts Cite Challenges, Progress Toward Geothermal’s Holy Grail
Quaise Inc

Challenges and progress toward the holy grail of geothermal energy—tapping into the superhot rock deep beneath our feet that could help wean the world from fossil fuels—were the focus of two hour-long sessions at PIVOT21, a geothermal conference July 19-23 featuring more than 165 experts in the field from around the world.

Newswise: New Type of Wireless Charger Can Charge Multiple Devices Simultaneously
Released: 26-Jul-2021 6:05 AM EDT
New Type of Wireless Charger Can Charge Multiple Devices Simultaneously
Aalto University

New technology developed at Aalto University may be the key to true wireless charging. The new transmitter creates power transfer channels in all directions, automatically tuning channels when receiving devices are in motion.

Released: 23-Jul-2021 3:10 PM EDT
DOE Announces $73 Million for Research to Advance Quantum Science and Technology
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $73 million in funding to advance quantum information science (QIS) research to help scientists better understand the physical world and harness nature to benefit people and society.

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Released: 23-Jul-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Meeting Global Climate Targets Will Lead to 8 Million More Energy Jobs Worldwide by 2050
Cell Press

Researchers created a global dataset of job footprints in 50 countries and used a model to investigate how trying to meet the Paris Agreement global climate target of staying well below 2°C would affect energy sector jobs.

Newswise: Department of Energy Awards $4.15 Million to Argonne to Support Collaborations with Industry
Released: 22-Jul-2021 5:10 PM EDT
Department of Energy Awards $4.15 Million to Argonne to Support Collaborations with Industry
Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $4.15 million to Argonne National Laboratory to support collaborations with industry aimed at commercializing promising energy technologies.

Newswise: Buzz About Thermoelectrics Heats Up with Promising New Magnesium-Based Materials
Released: 22-Jul-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Buzz About Thermoelectrics Heats Up with Promising New Magnesium-Based Materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at Duke University and Michigan State University used neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to gain new fundamental insights into two magnesium-based materials. Investigations at the atomic scale revealed the origin and mechanism behind the materials’ ability to convert thermal energy at room temperature into electricity and provides possible new pathways for improving thermoelectric applications such as those in the Perseverance rover and myriad other devices and energy-generation technologies.

Newswise: A 10-Year Look at the Battery Supply Chain in America
Released: 22-Jul-2021 4:20 PM EDT
A 10-Year Look at the Battery Supply Chain in America
Argonne National Laboratory

A new report summarizes the manufacturing and production locations of lithium-ion battery cells and packs by make and model for PEVs sold in the U.S. from 2010 to 2020. It also summarizes the annual and cumulative Li-ion battery capacity installed in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) sold in the U.S.

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Released: 22-Jul-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Visualizing a City's Energy Use
University of Pittsburgh

The building sector in the U.S. accounts for 39 percent of energy use, with commercial buildings responsible for about half of that. As cities grapple with climate change, making commercial buildings more efficient is a key part of the solution.

Newswise: Fusion Physicist Roscoe White Steps Down After a Long and Fruitful Career at PPPL
Released: 22-Jul-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Fusion Physicist Roscoe White Steps Down After a Long and Fruitful Career at PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article profiles 47-year tenure and ground-breaking contributions of distinguished theoretical physicist.

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Released: 22-Jul-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Gaming Graphics Card Allows Faster, More Precise Control of Fusion Energy Experiments
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers have developed a method that uses a gaming graphics card to control plasma formation in their prototype fusion reactor.

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Released: 21-Jul-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Scientists Offered Using Methanol in Power Generation for Electric Cars
Ural Federal University

Professors at Ural Federal University (UrFU, Russia) Sergey Shcheklein and Aleksey Dubinin have developed a technology for generating energy for an electric car engine using methanol. An article describing the technology was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

Newswise: Harnessing the Power of Uranium to Treat Disease
Released: 21-Jul-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Harnessing the Power of Uranium to Treat Disease
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists have developed a new system for producing radioisotopes for cancer therapy. The system uses a simple radionuclide generator to repeatedly separate thorium-226 from its longer-lived parent isotope, uranium-230. The uranium-230/thorium-226 pair has the unique advantage of emitting multiple alpha particles as they decay, delivering more destructive energy to cancer cells.

Newswise: Sandia Designs Better Batteries for Grid-Scale Energy Storage
Released: 21-Jul-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Sandia Designs Better Batteries for Grid-Scale Energy Storage
Sandia National Laboratories

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed a new class of molten sodium batteries for grid-scale energy storage. The new battery design was shared in a paper published today in the scientific journal Cell Reports Physical Science.

Newswise: How Managing Building Energy Demand Can Aid the Clean Energy Transition
Released: 21-Jul-2021 7:00 AM EDT
How Managing Building Energy Demand Can Aid the Clean Energy Transition
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A comprehensive new study led by researchers from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantifies what can be done to make buildings more energy efficient and flexible in granular detail by both time (including time of day and year) and space (looking at regions across the U.S.). The research team found that maximizing the deployment of building demand management technologies could avoid the need for up to one-third of coal- or gas-fired power generation.

Newswise: Energy Secretary recognizes exceptional project management at Los Alamos
Released: 20-Jul-2021 8:45 PM EDT
Energy Secretary recognizes exceptional project management at Los Alamos
Los Alamos National Laboratory

The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award last week. Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under budget.

Released: 20-Jul-2021 5:10 PM EDT
No Excuse to Continue Reliance on Fossil Fuels, Says Leading Nano-Technologist
University of Surrey

One of the leading thinkers in nano-science has called on the energy materials community to help finally put an end to the world's reliance on fossil fuels.

Newswise: Sensor Data Identifies Turbine Wake Clustering, Improves Wind Farm Productivity Via Yaw Control
15-Jul-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Sensor Data Identifies Turbine Wake Clustering, Improves Wind Farm Productivity Via Yaw Control
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers describe a real-time method for potentially helping turbine farms realize additional power from the clustering of their turbines. Their method requires no new sensors to identify which turbines at any given time could increase power production if yaw control is applied, and validation studies showed an increase of 1%-3% in overall power gain.

Newswise: Main Attraction: Scientists Create World’s Thinnest Magnet
Released: 20-Jul-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Main Attraction: Scientists Create World’s Thinnest Magnet
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have created an ultrathin magnet that operates at room temperature. The ultrathin magnet could lead to new applications in computing and electronics – such as spintronic memory devices – and new tools for the study of quantum physics.

Released: 20-Jul-2021 7:05 AM EDT
The Indus Basin: Untapped Potential for Long-Term Energy Storage
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA researchers explored the role the Indus basin could play to support global sustainable development.

Newswise: Students at Institutions Across the U.S. Learn About Plasma and Fusion Research in New Program Managed by PPPL
Released: 19-Jul-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Students at Institutions Across the U.S. Learn About Plasma and Fusion Research in New Program Managed by PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

This new program will allow undergraduates to conduct research in a wide range of plasma physics topics, including fusion energy, general plasma science, astrophysical plasmas, and accelerator physics.

Newswise: Renewable Energy OK, but Not Too Close to Home
Released: 19-Jul-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Renewable Energy OK, but Not Too Close to Home
University of Georgia

When it comes to transitioning from carbon-based to renewable source energy systems, Americans are on board. They’re less keen, however, having these new energy infrastructures—wind turbines or solar farms—built close to their homes, which creates hurdles for policymakers.

Newswise: ORNL’s Gluesenkamp, Im receive ASHRAE Distinguished Service Awards
Released: 19-Jul-2021 10:05 AM EDT
ORNL’s Gluesenkamp, Im receive ASHRAE Distinguished Service Awards
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kyle Gluesenkamp and Piljae Im, Oak Ridge National Laboratory building technology researchers, were two of 15 scientists recognized with 2021 Distinguished Service Awards by ASHRAE, the international professional association for heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineers.

Released: 16-Jul-2021 3:25 PM EDT
DOE Provides $28 Million To Advance Scientific Discovery Using Supercomputers
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $28 million in funding for five research projects to develop software that will fully unleash the potential of DOE supercomputers to make new leaps in fields such as quantum information science and chemical reactions for clean energy applications.

Newswise: Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab
Released: 16-Jul-2021 4:05 AM EDT
Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Bite-sized science highlights from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – July 2021

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12-Jul-2021 4:00 PM EDT
Scientists Take First Snapshots of Ultrafast Switching in a Quantum Electronic Device
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientist demonstrated a new way of observing atoms as they move in a tiny quantum electronic switch as it operates. Along the way, they discovered a new material state that could pave the way for faster, more energy-efficient computing.

Newswise: PPPL Selected for Three New Public-Private Partnerships to Speed the Development of Fusion Energy
Released: 15-Jul-2021 1:00 PM EDT
PPPL Selected for Three New Public-Private Partnerships to Speed the Development of Fusion Energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

These partnerships facilitate breakthroughs in harvesting on Earth the fusion power that drives the sun and stars.

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Released: 15-Jul-2021 12:05 PM EDT
FSU Researchers Develop New Model of Flow Properties for Class of Polymers
Florida State University

Florida State University researchers are helping to write the “cookbook” describing the properties of vitrimers, a promising material that combines the benefits of different types of polymers.

Released: 15-Jul-2021 9:40 AM EDT
Advancing Future Energy Technologies With More Accurate Electrochemical Simulations
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a $2.6 million grant from the Department of Energy, Ravishankar Sundararaman, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in collaboration with a multi-institution team of researchers, is taking on the challenge of developing accurate, cost-effective, and highly accessible computational electrochemistry tools.

Newswise: Chula Successfully Converts Carbon Dioxide to Methanol – Reduces Global Warming, and Adds Value to the Circular Economy
Released: 15-Jul-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Chula Successfully Converts Carbon Dioxide to Methanol – Reduces Global Warming, and Adds Value to the Circular Economy
Chulalongkorn University

An Engineering professor, Chulalongkorn University has successfully converted carbon dioxide to methanol via a thermochemical method that consumes less energy and provides more yield, providing an alternative solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate the circular economy.


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