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Newswise: George Crabtree, energy trailblazer remembered as a ​“great listener” and ​“boundless explorer”, dead at 78
Released: 27-Jan-2023 5:35 PM EST
George Crabtree, energy trailblazer remembered as a ​“great listener” and ​“boundless explorer”, dead at 78
Argonne National Laboratory

George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is fondly remembered for his impactful leadership that elevated energy research.

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Released: 27-Jan-2023 1:45 PM EST
Brookhaven Lab Battery Scientist, Hydrogeologist, and DOE Site Office Manager Among Secretary of Energy's 2022 Honorees
Brookhaven National Laboratory

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm honored 44 teams with the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award and five individuals for their work. Among the recipients are Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi, a battery researcher with a joint appointment at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University; Douglas Paquette, a hydrogeologist in Brookhaven Lab's Environmental Protection Division; and Robert Gordon, manager of the DOE-Brookhaven Site Office that oversees operations at Brookhaven Lab.

Released: 27-Jan-2023 1:30 PM EST
DOE Announces a Request for Information to Strengthen and Catalyze Place-Based Regional Innovation
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions and Office of Science today jointly released a request for information (RFI) to strengthen place-based innovation activities by leveraging DOE national laboratories, plants, and sites for the benefit of the American people.

Released: 27-Jan-2023 11:35 AM EST
MSU discovery advances biofuel crop that could curb dependence on fossil fuel
Michigan State University

Michigan State University researchers have solved a puzzle that could help switchgrass realize its full potential as a low-cost, sustainable biofuel crop and curb our dependence on fossil fuels.

Newswise: New hybrid catalyst could help decarbonization and make ethylene production more sustainable
Released: 27-Jan-2023 11:20 AM EST
New hybrid catalyst could help decarbonization and make ethylene production more sustainable
Ames Laboratory

A new hybrid catalyst converts carbon dioxide into ethylene in one pot. The catalyst was developed by scientists from Ames National Laboratory, Iowa State University, University of Virginia, and Columbia University.

Newswise: KIMM develops the world’s first electrode design for lithium-ion battery that improves smartphone·laptop battery performance
27-Jan-2023 12:00 AM EST
KIMM develops the world’s first electrode design for lithium-ion battery that improves smartphone·laptop battery performance
National Research Council of Science and Technology

KIMM has announced the development of the design and process technology for the world's first battery electrode that significantly improves the performance and stability of batteries used in electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles.

Newswise: ORNL to receive three awards from Federal Laboratory Consortium
Released: 26-Jan-2023 1:35 PM EST
ORNL to receive three awards from Federal Laboratory Consortium
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A regional partnership that aims to attract nuclear energy-related firms to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has been recognized with a state and local economic development award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

Released: 26-Jan-2023 1:30 PM EST
Department of Energy Announces $125 Million for Research to Enable Next-Generation Batteries and Energy Storage
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $125 million for basic research on rechargeable batteries to provide foundational knowledge needed to transform and decarbonize our energy system through the development and adoption of cost-effective and clean energy sources. The national, economic, and environmental security challenges will not be met solely by incremental improvements to existing clean energy technologies but instead will require transformational technologies founded on new fundamental knowledge and capabilities developed through basic scientific research.

Released: 26-Jan-2023 12:15 PM EST
UCI researchers decipher atomic-scale imperfections in lithium-ion batteries
University of California, Irvine

As lithium-ion batteries have become a ubiquitous part of our lives through their use in consumer electronics, automobiles and electricity storage facilities, researchers have been working to improve their power, efficiency and longevity. As detailed in a paper published today in Nature Materials, scientists at the University of California, Irvine and Brookhaven National Laboratory conducted a detailed examination of high-nickel-content layered cathodes, considered to be components of promise in next-generation batteries.

Newswise:Video Embedded lost-video-of-georges-lema-tre-father-of-the-big-bang-theory-recovered
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Released: 26-Jan-2023 11:10 AM EST
Lost Video of Georges Lemaître, Father of the Big Bang Theory, Recovered
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Fans of science history can now access a new gem: a 20-minute video interview with the father of the Big Bang theory, Georges Lemaître. European broadcast network VRT found the 20-minute recording that is thought to be the only video of Lemaître. His interview, originally aired in 1964 and conducted in French, has now been transcribed and translated into English by physicists at Berkeley Lab and the Vatican Observatory.

Newswise: Investigating battery failure to engineer better batteries
Released: 26-Jan-2023 10:50 AM EST
Investigating battery failure to engineer better batteries
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers use cutting-edge X-ray techniques to observe how an operating solid-state battery degrades.

Released: 25-Jan-2023 1:30 PM EST
Cornell, NYSEG pilot app to help consumers moderate electricity use
Cornell University

In a new pilot run by Cornell and NYSEG, participants will pay a flat rate for their electricity bill and use an app that provides information about how to reduce electricity use and costs.

Released: 25-Jan-2023 1:25 PM EST
U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation Announce Expanded Collaboration
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will continue a longstanding collaboration on scientific and engineering research and enable increased partnership to address the most important challenges of the 21st century.

Released: 25-Jan-2023 12:05 PM EST
Department of Energy Announces $105 Million for Research to Support the Biopreparedness Research Virtual Environment (BRaVE) Initiative
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $105 million for research in biopreparedness. This funding, provided by the Office of Science, will support fundamental research to accelerate breakthroughs in support of the Biopreparedness Research Virtual Environment (BRaVE) initiative.

Newswise:Video Embedded green-energy-patents-more-focused-on-clean-conventional-energy-instead-of-renewables
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Released: 25-Jan-2023 9:00 AM EST
‘Green’ energy patents more focused on ‘clean’ conventional energy instead of renewables
Digital Science and Research Solutions Ltd

A new study by world leaders in patent data has revealed some unusual trends in energy tech R&D, questioning whether companies are more committed to extracting fossil fuels or in pursuing genuinely ‘green’, renewable energy technologies.

   
Released: 25-Jan-2023 8:00 AM EST
Spinning food processing waste into ‘gold’
Ohio State University

Scientists have taken the first step at estimating the best large-scale uses for food processing waste, first analyzing its contents and, based on those findings, proposing production opportunities ranging from sustainable fuels, biogas and electricity to useful chemicals and organic fertilizer.

Released: 24-Jan-2023 4:25 PM EST
Department of Energy Issues Request for Information and Launches New Website for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Management and Operating Contract Competition
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the competition for the management and operating (M&O) contract for the Fermi National Acceleratory Laboratory (FNAL).

Newswise: Metal Alloys to Support to Nuclear Fusion Energy
Released: 24-Jan-2023 3:25 PM EST
Metal Alloys to Support to Nuclear Fusion Energy
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tungsten heavy alloys show promise for nuclear fusion energy development, according to new research conducted at PNNL.

Newswise: Balancing a Battery-Powered Future With Energy Justice
Released: 24-Jan-2023 11:00 AM EST
Balancing a Battery-Powered Future With Energy Justice
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Graduate student intern Meg Slattery is working with researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Lithium Resource Research and Innovation Center to develop a new research blueprint – inspired by energy justice – as they explore the Salton Sea’s potential as a renewable source of lithium for battery production.

Newswise: Center for Bioenergy Innovation adds three new board members
Released: 24-Jan-2023 8:45 AM EST
Center for Bioenergy Innovation adds three new board members
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently added three new members to its board of directors: Deborah Crawford of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Susan Hubbard of ORNL; and Maureen McCann of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Newswise: UTEP to Build on Research Strengths with Brookhaven National Laboratory Partnership
Released: 23-Jan-2023 6:05 PM EST
UTEP to Build on Research Strengths with Brookhaven National Laboratory Partnership
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to create new research opportunities for UTEP faculty and students as well as internship and employment opportunities in critical fields such as energy, data science and quantum information.

Newswise: Team develops strategy to regulate light absorption behaviors of titanium oxo clusters
Released: 23-Jan-2023 2:05 PM EST
Team develops strategy to regulate light absorption behaviors of titanium oxo clusters
Tsinghua University Press

A research team has improved the solar energy absorption of titanium oxo clusters. Their work demonstrates an effective strategy for regulating the light absorption behaviors of these clusters by importing electron-rich heterometals.

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Released: 20-Jan-2023 4:50 PM EST
Science is the best (local, regional, national, global) policy
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Careful siting of renewable energy development seems to play a key role in minimizing impacts to wildlife, but this requires detailed knowledge of where animals breed, winter, and migrate. To address this need, BRI established a wildlife and renewable energy program in 2009, which has evolved over the past 12 years into BRI’s Center for Research on Offshore Wind and the Environment (CROWE).

Newswise: Collision risk and habitat loss: Wind turbines in forests impair threatened bat species
Released: 20-Jan-2023 4:05 PM EST
Collision risk and habitat loss: Wind turbines in forests impair threatened bat species
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

In order to meet climate protection goals, renewable energies are booming – often wind power.

Newswise: Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of Electron Microscopes Empowers Local Companies
Released: 20-Jan-2023 12:00 AM EST
Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of Electron Microscopes Empowers Local Companies
National Research Council of Science and Technology

KRISS has succeeded in developing a high-performance energy analyzer, which is a key technology for determining the performance of electron microscopes.

Released: 19-Jan-2023 2:05 PM EST
Innovate UK, the Urban Future Lab, and Greentown Labs bring innovative clean energy and climatetech startups to the U.S.
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Beginning in January, the Urban Future Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in partnership with Greentown Labs, will provide a soft landing pad in the U.S. for the third cohort of Innovate UK’s Global Incubator Programme: Clean Growth edition, which is designed to cultivate and support the launch of innovative climatetech companies with a strong potential to scale internationally to new markets.

   
Released: 19-Jan-2023 1:20 PM EST
Department of Energy Announces $200 Million for Energy Earthshot Research Centers in support of the Energy Earthshots™
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $200 million for Energy Earthshot Research Centers (EERCs). This funding, provided by the Office of Science, will support fundamental research to accelerate breakthroughs in support of the Energy Earthshots Initiative.

Newswise: Ionic Liquids' Good Vibrations Change Laser Colors with Ease
Released: 19-Jan-2023 12:25 PM EST
Ionic Liquids' Good Vibrations Change Laser Colors with Ease
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientists have found a variety of ways to convert one color of laser light into another. In a study just published in the journal Physical Review Applied, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory demonstrate a new color-shifting strategy that’s simple, efficient, and highly customizable.

Newswise: Harnessing solar energy: new method improves readings of double-sided panels
Released: 18-Jan-2023 6:30 PM EST
Harnessing solar energy: new method improves readings of double-sided panels
University of Ottawa

A leading laboratory in photonics and renewable energy at the University of Ottawa has developed a new method for measuring the solar energy produced by bifacial solar panels, the double-sided solar technology which is expected to meet increased global energy demands moving forward.

Newswise: Billions of Celestial Objects Revealed in Gargantuan Survey of the Milky Way
17-Jan-2023 4:30 PM EST
Billions of Celestial Objects Revealed in Gargantuan Survey of the Milky Way
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

Astronomers have released a gargantuan survey of the galactic plane of the Milky Way. The new dataset contains a staggering 3.32 billion celestial objects — arguably the largest such catalog so far. The data for this unprecedented survey were taken with the Dark Energy Camera, built by the US Department of Energy, at the NSF’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, a Program of NOIRLab.

Released: 18-Jan-2023 1:25 PM EST
DOE’s RENEW Initiative to Support Five Pathway Summer Schools for Students from Underrepresented and Underserved Groups in STEM
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science (SC) will support nearly 100 high schoolers, recent high school graduates, and early undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and underserved schools in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through awards for five Pathway Summer Schools at six national laboratories. The funding comes from SC’s Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) initiative (see details at https://science.osti.gov/initiatives/RENEW). Sponsored by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), the WDTS RENEW Pathway Summer Schools aim to diversify the STEM pipeline via hands-on learning opportunities at DOE national laboratories.

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Released: 18-Jan-2023 12:10 PM EST
Revealing the Thermal Heat Dance of Magnetic Domains
Brookhaven National Laboratory

A collaboration led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Max Born Institute (MBI) published a study in Nature in which they used a novel analysis technique—called coherent correlation imaging (CCI)—to image the evolution of magnetic domains in time and space without any previous knowledge. The scientists could not see the “dance of the domains” during the measurement but only afterward, when they used the recorded data to “rewind the tape.”

Newswise: Two technical breakthroughs make high-quality 2D materials possible
18-Jan-2023 10:00 AM EST
Two technical breakthroughs make high-quality 2D materials possible
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers have been looking to replace silicon in electronics with materials that provide a higher performance and lower power consumption while also having scalability. An international team is addressing that need by developing a promising process to develop high-quality 2D materials that could power next-generation electronics.

Newswise: Missouri S&T researchers take second in Department of Energy hydropower contest
Released: 17-Jan-2023 3:15 PM EST
Missouri S&T researchers take second in Department of Energy hydropower contest
Missouri University of Science and Technology

A Missouri University of Science and Technology team of researchers led by Dr. Rui Bo, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, recently took second place in the Hydropower Operations Optimization (H2Os) Prize challenge sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

Released: 17-Jan-2023 2:40 PM EST
DOE Announces $2.3 Million for Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Fusion Energy
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $2.3 million in funding for 10 projects that will pair private industry with DOE’s National Laboratories to overcome challenges in fusion energy development, an area of research that captivated global attention in December when the Department announced that a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory had achieved fusion ignition. Ignition, in which more energy was derived from fusion than was put into it, had never been accomplished before in a laboratory setting and raised hopes that fusion energy could play a major role in the transition to clean energy.

Released: 17-Jan-2023 10:05 AM EST
Study shows advantages of charging electric heavy-duty vehicles with small modular nuclear reactors
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Nuclear and hydrogen could be the ideal fuel for recharging electric trucks, opening potential markets for developers of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).

Newswise: Robust and flexible to synthetic methane
Released: 17-Jan-2023 4:05 AM EST
Robust and flexible to synthetic methane
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Synthetic energy carriers are carbon-neutral and make renewable energy transportable and storable in the long term. Synthetically produced methane is one of them. The problem: The production involves rather high energy losses; moreover, existing processes require the methane to be purified. To change this, Empa researchers have developed a new, optimized reactor concept for methanation.

Released: 16-Jan-2023 12:50 PM EST
Heat and drought leading threat to food security & agricultural
CABI Publishing

Heat and drought are the utmost limiting abiotic factors which pose a major threat to food security and agricultural production and are exacerbated by ‘extreme and rapid’ climate change, according to a new paper in CABI Reviews.

Released: 16-Jan-2023 11:55 AM EST
Computers that power self-driving cars could be a huge driver of global carbon emissions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

In the future, the energy needed to run the powerful computers on board a global fleet of autonomous vehicles could generate as many greenhouse gas emissions as all the data centers in the world today.

Newswise: Researchers Create Smaller, Cheaper Flow Batteries for Clean Energy
Released: 13-Jan-2023 1:10 PM EST
Researchers Create Smaller, Cheaper Flow Batteries for Clean Energy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Flow batteries offer a solution. Electrolytes flow through electrochemical cells from storage tanks in this rechargeable battery. The existing flow battery technologies cost more than $200/kilowatt hour and are too expensive for practical application, but Liu’s lab in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) developed a more compact flow battery cell configuration that reduces the size of the cell by 75%, and correspondingly reduces the size and cost of the entire flow battery. The work could revolutionize how everything from major commercial buildings to residential homes are powered.

Newswise: Half a million lives could be saved yearly by replacing wood and charcoal stoves in Africa
Released: 12-Jan-2023 4:25 PM EST
Half a million lives could be saved yearly by replacing wood and charcoal stoves in Africa
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) [Royal Institute of Technology]

Half a million lives could be saved each year in sub-Saharan Africa by taking action to reduce reliance on traditional wood- and charcoal-burning stoves, a new study shows.

   
Newswise: New Generator Rolls into Ocean Energy
Released: 12-Jan-2023 2:40 PM EST
New Generator Rolls into Ocean Energy
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

New PNNL-developed nanogenerator harnesses the renewable energy in ocean waves to power sensors that provide critical weather and wave information.

Newswise: The Latest From The American Astronomical Society Meeting And Other Space News
9-Jan-2023 4:20 PM EST
The Latest From The American Astronomical Society Meeting And Other Space News
Newswise

Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Space and Astronomy channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

Released: 12-Jan-2023 10:20 AM EST
Turning abandoned mines into batteries
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

A novel technique called Underground Gravity Energy Storage turns decommissioned mines into long-term energy storage solutions, thereby supporting the sustainable energy transition.

Released: 12-Jan-2023 10:00 AM EST
Press registration open for the hybrid ACS Spring 2023 meeting
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journalists who register for the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will have access to more than 10,000 presentations on topics. ACS Spring 2023 is a hybrid meeting being held virtually and in-person in Indianapolis on March 26-30 with the theme “Crossroads of Chemistry.”

   
9-Jan-2023 11:05 AM EST
Study Identifies New Levers for Controlling Plant Biochemistry
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Plant biochemists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new level of regulation in the biochemical “machinery” that plants use to convert organic carbon derived from photosynthesis into a range of ring-shaped aromatic molecules. The research suggests new strategies for controlling plant biochemistry for agricultural and industrial applications.

Newswise: Engineered Poplar Lignin Has More of a Valuable “Clip-off” Chemical
Released: 11-Jan-2023 12:40 PM EST
Engineered Poplar Lignin Has More of a Valuable “Clip-off” Chemical
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Lignin, the complex polymer that gives plants their structural integrity, makes them difficult to break down and creates challenges for the creation of biochemicals and bioproducts. Building blocks that are present in small amounts in the lignin of the bioenergy crop poplar are valuable platform chemicals that are easy to “clip-off” during plant deconstruction. Scientists engineered a new type of poplar to have more of a specific building block in its lignin and less lignin overall. This results in wood that is easier to deconstruct and more valuable as a bioproduct raw material.

Released: 11-Jan-2023 11:25 AM EST
Vegetation has a substantial impact on the movement of energy in the Arctic
Argonne National Laboratory

In the Arctic, plant community type strongly impacts how energy is exchanged between the land and atmosphere.

Newswise: A new tool helps map out where to develop clean energy infrastructure
Released: 10-Jan-2023 3:15 PM EST
A new tool helps map out where to develop clean energy infrastructure
Argonne National Laboratory

An update to the Energy Zones Mapping Tool, the Geospatial Energy Mapper is an online tool with an extensive catalog of mapping data for energy planning. It can help identify areas that are suitable for clean energy infrastructure projects.

Released: 10-Jan-2023 1:55 PM EST
Department of Energy Announces $17 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced awards totaling $17 million for small businesses in 25 states. The 77 projects are in the fields of advanced scientific computing and scientific instrumentation that support DOE’s clean energy mission.


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