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Newswise: A Catalyst for More Efficient Green Hydrogen Production
Released: 14-Jan-2022 3:05 PM EST
A Catalyst for More Efficient Green Hydrogen Production
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech researchers have developed a new water-splitting process and material that maximize the efficiency of producing green hydrogen.

Newswise: Sustainable Manufacturing
Released: 11-Jan-2022 12:45 PM EST
Sustainable Manufacturing
University of Delaware

University of Delaware engineers are working with colleagues at LSU to green chemical manufacturing, an industry that too often relies on non-renewable fossil energy. The researchers are examining the use of electrolyzers, devices that use electricity to convert raw materials like carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful molecules for chemicals and products.

Released: 22-Dec-2021 3:35 PM EST
Study finds electric vehicles provide lower carbon emissions through additional channels
Yale University

With new major spending packages investing billions of dollars in electric vehicles in the U.S., some analysts have raised concerns over how green the electric vehicle industry actually is, focusing particularly on indirect emissions caused within the supply chains of the vehicle components and the fuels used to power electricity that charges the vehicles.

Released: 20-Dec-2021 1:10 PM EST
Department of Energy Announces $30 Million for Plant Genomics Research to Facilitate Experimental Validation of Plant Gene Function
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide up to $30 million for basic research that will lead to transformative approaches to determine and validate gene function in plant species relevant to the sustainable production of bioenergy and bioproducts.

Newswise: Understanding cobalt’s human cost
Released: 17-Dec-2021 2:20 PM EST
Understanding cobalt’s human cost
Northwestern University

While driving an electric car has fewer environmental impacts than gasoline-powered cars, the production of the parts necessary for these green technologies can have dire effects on human well-being.

Newswise: RUDN Scientists Propose a Method for Assessing the Circular Economy
Released: 3-Dec-2021 3:05 AM EST
RUDN Scientists Propose a Method for Assessing the Circular Economy
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

RUDN University economists have developed an approach for assessing the development of the circular economy in different countries. The new method will help experts and governments determine how successfully waste recycling systems, energy-saving technologies and new green materials are being introduced into the economy.

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Released: 24-Nov-2021 2:50 PM EST
Living walls can reduce heat lost from buildings by over 30%
University of Plymouth

Retrofitting an existing masonry cavity walled building with a green or living wall can reduce the amount of heat lost through its structure by more than 30%, according to new research.

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Released: 18-Nov-2021 6:05 PM EST
PPPL wins state recycling award
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrated America Recycles Day this week after recently winning a state Recycling Leadership Award for its recycling and sustainability programs.

Released: 17-Nov-2021 12:35 PM EST
Climate Crisis Has No Borders: Physicists Join Forces to Support Fight Against Climate Change on Global Scale #COP26
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

A coalition involving AIP, the European Science Federation, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and physical science organizations from 13 countries signed the global call to action regarding the role of physics to mitigate the climate crisis and embrace the idea of a green, environmentally sustainable economy. The organizations pledge to continue international collaboration in research, evolve physics education, focus engagement with governments to promote physics-based solutions, and welcome minoritized, excluded, and marginalized peoples to build careers in physics.

Released: 9-Nov-2021 6:05 PM EST
Argonne focuses its decarbonization expertise on new Net Zero World Initiative
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory look forward to continuing their impact through DOE’s recently launched Net Zero World Initiative.

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Released: 4-Nov-2021 8:40 AM EDT
Creating solar cells and glass from wood – or a billion tons of biowaste
Aalto University

A digital, urbanised world consumes huge amounts of raw materials that could hardly be called environmentally friendly. One promising solution may be found in renewable raw materials, according to research published in Advanced Materials.

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Released: 28-Oct-2021 5:05 AM EDT
"Consumers should ask critical questions"
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Switzerland and the EU are pushing the reuse of raw materials. But despite the best efforts, the circular economy in the textile industry sometimes produces abstruse blossoms. After all, recycling can also harm the environment. Empa researcher Claudia Som dispels sustainability myths in an interview and tells consumers how to recognize black sheep.

Newswise: Microalgae Help Purify Water and Synthesize Biofuels
Released: 27-Oct-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Microalgae Help Purify Water and Synthesize Biofuels
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

RUDN University chemist together with colleagues from India, Russia and South Africa showed that green microalgae Chlorella sorokiniana can be used for cleaning wastewater from a toxic pyrene. Algae absorb pyrene and at the same time change their metabolism to adapt to stressful conditions. As a result, more lipids are formed in algae, from which safe biofuels can be efficiently synthesized.

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Released: 22-Oct-2021 8:35 AM EDT
PNNL Wins R&D 100 Awards
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL innovations won five awards in the competition results announced this week, with one of the laboratory's four awarded inventions garnering two awards. PNNL has received a total of 121 since the laboratory began submitting entries in 1969.

Released: 21-Oct-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Finance Themes to Watch for During COP26
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Having held senior executive roles in risk management at several of the largest financial services companies, Maryland Smith professor Clifford Rossi examines climate change implications for finance and risk management ahead of COP26.

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Released: 14-Oct-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Electric sheep: Grazing in solar arrays supports economy, climate
Cornell University

A new project backed by Cornell University and the USDA will explore the economic benefits of grazing sheep under industrial-scale solar arrays.

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Released: 10-Sep-2021 5:05 AM EDT
Catalyst Study Advances Carbon-Dioxide-to-Ethanol Conversion
Brookhaven National Laboratory

An international collaboration of scientists has taken a significant step toward the realization of a nearly “green” zero-net-carbon technology that will efficiently convert carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, and hydrogen into ethanol, which is useful as a fuel and has many other chemical applications.

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Released: 7-Sep-2021 12:05 AM EDT
NUS researchers develop AI-powered tool to map sustainable roofs globally
National University of Singapore

Dr Filip Biljecki, Presidential Young Professor from the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment, and NUS Master of Architecture graduate Mr Abraham Noah Wu developed an automated tool that uses satellite images to track how rooftops around the world adopt solar panels and/or vegetation.

Released: 31-Aug-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Bacteria May Hold Key for Energy Storage, Biofuels
Cornell University

Cornell University bioengineer Buz Barstow is trying to solve a big problem: How to build a low-cost, environmentally friendly and large-scale system for storing and retrieving energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

17-Aug-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Degradable coatings for compostable paper food packaging block grease and oil
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Many paper cartons and wraps for food have a noncompostable plastic coating. Plastic-free products are available but can transmit grease and oil, creating a mess. Now, scientists have created a degradable coating that can block this seepage. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2021.

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17-Aug-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Making nylon 6-6 ‘greener,’ and without zinc
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Nylon 6-6 is used to make many products that require strength, durability and weather resistance, but its synthesis requires the endangered element zinc as a catalyst. Now, researchers have developed “greener” methods that use different metals. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2021.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

28-Jul-2021 1:30 PM EDT
Hydrogen Technologies Take Leading Role Toward Net Zero
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Achieving Net Zero energy, where the total amount of energy used is equal to the amount of renewable energy created, is closer than ever before, and hydrogen technologies will play an important role in achieving that goal, but needs and gaps need to be addressed before a true hydrogen-powered future can take form. There are many opportunities in the global public and private sectors for research, development, and deployment collaboration.

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: National research centre signals cleaner future for heavy industry
Released: 30-Jun-2021 12:05 AM EDT
National research centre signals cleaner future for heavy industry
University of Adelaide

Australia’s leading companies in the heavy industrial sector will embark on a program that will enable a step-change in the rate at which they transition toward zero net-carbon emissions through the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC).

Newswise: Pretreating Nuisance Green Algae with Lye, Urea Increases Bacterial Production of Biogas
28-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Pretreating Nuisance Green Algae with Lye, Urea Increases Bacterial Production of Biogas
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

An international research team reports their success in using urea and sodium hydroxide (NaOH, commonly known as lye or caustic soda) as a pretreatment of algae, which breaks down cellulose and more than doubles biogas production under their initial experimental conditions.

Released: 24-Jun-2021 3:20 PM EDT
Recycling next-generation solar panels fosters green planet
Cornell University

Designing a recycling strategy for a new, forthcoming generation of photovoltaic solar cells – made from metal halide perovskites, a family of crystalline materials with structures like the natural mineral calcium titanate – will add a stronger dose of environmental friendliness to a green industry, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 4:05 AM EDT
Trees, Plants and Soil Could Help Cities Cut Their Carbon Footprints — When Used Smartly
Aalto University

Carbon footprint declarations are used in construction to ease product selection for low carbon building, but these standards don’t yet exist for green elements like soil, bushes and plants. A new study led by Aalto University is the first to map out how green infrastructure can be a resource for cities on the path to carbon neutrality.

Newswise: Acoustic solutions made from natural fibres can reduce buildings’ carbon footprints
Released: 2-Jun-2021 5:05 AM EDT
Acoustic solutions made from natural fibres can reduce buildings’ carbon footprints
Aalto University

Researchers at Aalto University, in collaboration with Finnish acoustics company Lumir, have now studied how the acoustic solutions around us could become more eco-friendly, with the help of cellulose fibres. The acoustic insulation market is already expected to hit 15 billion USD by 2022 as construction firms and industry pay more attention to sound environments.

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14-May-2021 9:10 AM EDT
Wake Steering Potentially Boosts Energy Production at US Wind Plants
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Wake steering is a strategy employed at wind power plants involving misaligning upstream turbines with the wind direction to deflect wakes away from downstream turbines, which consequently increases the net production of wind power at a plant. In Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers illustrate how wake steering can increase energy production for a large sampling of commercial land-based U.S. wind power plants. Several were ideal candidates.

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Released: 6-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
We Need to Build More EV Fast-Charging Stations, Researchers Say
University of California San Diego

A team of engineers recommends expanding fast-charging stations for electric vehicles as campuses and businesses start planning for a post-pandemic world. The recommendation is based on a study of charging patterns for electric vehicles on the University of California San Diego campus from early January to late May of 2020, after the university moved most of its operations online. Researchers say the findings can be applied to a broader range of settings.

Released: 6-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Researchers unveil roadmap to expand NY solar energy, meet green goals
Cornell University

Solar-power developers need to explore using lower-quality agricultural land for solar energy, incentivize dual-use (combined agriculture and solar) options, avoid concentrated solar development and engage communities early to achieve New York’s green energy goals, according to forthcoming Cornell University research.

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Released: 5-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Researchers Create Leather-Like Material From Silk Proteins
Tufts University

Engineers have created an environmentally friendly leather alternative made from silk. The material can be printed into different patterns and textures, has similar physical properties to real leather, and can withstand the folding, piercing, and stretching typically used to create leather goods.

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20-Apr-2021 5:40 PM EDT
To Design Truly Compostable Plastic, Scientists Take Cues From Nature
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water or soil composts break the hybrid plastic material down to reusable small molecules, called monomers, in just a few days or weeks.

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Released: 21-Apr-2021 8:35 AM EDT
NUS Engineers Repurpose Excavation Waste to Produce Greener, Stronger Concrete
National University of Singapore

NUS researchers have taken a waste product from construction sites in Singapore and upcycled it into a raw material for ultra-high-performance concrete. Their method could help reduce the carbon footprint of concrete and also cut the cost of production. This is the first time low-grade waste clay has been used as fillers in concrete.

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Green Energy Technology
University of Delaware

As Earth Day approaches, a promising startup that grew out of University of Delaware research is on the cusp of making sustainable green hydrogen a reality. Versogen, a UD spinoff company led by Professor Yushan Yan, is one of three startups selected for the fourth cohort of the Shell GameChanger Accelerator (GCxN) program.

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
The International Halal Science and Technology Conference (IHSATEC) 2020-2021: 14th Halal Science Industry and Business (HASIB)
Chulalongkorn University

The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, would like to invite all to join the virtual conference, International Halal Science and Technology Conference (IHSATEC) 2020-2021 and 14th Halal Science Industry and Business (HASIB), on June 1-2, 2021. The conference will be carried out via Zoom from 9.00 – 16.00 hrs. (GMT+7 Bangkok time zone). All participants are to submit articles for the oral or poster presentations for the academic session of Thailand’s Halal Assembly 2021 before May 1, 2021.

12-Apr-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Media Advisory – U.S. Secretary of Energy and Other Leading Experts Talk Preparation for the Effects of Climate Change
Argonne National Laboratory

The escalating effects of climate change are evident across our country, from the damaging 2020 western wildfire season to February’s southern deep freeze. The need has never been greater for a national strategy that combines the long-term goal of a 100% clean energy future with immediate, science-driven actions to help all communities overcome the effects of climate change.

Newswise: Sprint – A new NEST unit under construction
Released: 13-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Sprint – A new NEST unit under construction
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

At NEST, the research and innovation platform of Empa and Eawag, the new Sprint unit is currently under construction – an office unit built largely from recycled materials. Sprint aims to set new standards for circular construction. However, the office unit is also a reaction to the current COVID-19 situation, which made it clear that we need to adapt our buildings more flexibly and quickly to changing needs.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 pandemic drives down U.S. energy use in 2020
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Americans used approximately 7 percent less energy in 2020, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

2-Apr-2021 7:05 PM EDT
This hydrogen fuel machine could be the ultimate guide to self improvement
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley have uncovered an extraordinary self-improving property that transforms an ordinary semiconductor into a highly efficient and stable artificial photosynthesis device

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