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Released: 10-Aug-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Danforth Center Scientists Collaborate On $13 Million Bioenergy Project
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a five-year, $13 million grant to a nationwide research project to genetically strengthen Thlaspi arvense, commonly known as pennycress, for use in sustainable energy efforts.

Newswise: USDA grant to support Cornell indoor ag training programs
Released: 10-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
USDA grant to support Cornell indoor ag training programs
Cornell University

Thanks to a grant from the USDA, horticulture experts at Cornell University will help design new training programs for workers in controlled environment agriculture.

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Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. 
Announce 2020-2021 Fellowship Winners for 
Projects in Green Energy Technology
Released: 1-Jul-2020 5:00 AM EDT
The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. Announce 2020-2021 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology
The Electrochemical Society

Prof. Dr. Shoji Hall, Prof. Dr. Piran Ravichandran Kidambi, and Dr. Haegyeom Kim have been awarded the 2020-2021 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowships. Through this, ECS and Toyota aim to promote innovative and unconventional technologies borne from electrochemical research. The fellowship encourages young professors and scholars to pursue innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Income, race are associated with disparities in access to green spaces
Ohio State University

Access to green spaces in metro areas—parks, trails, even the tree cover in a neighborhood – is largely associated with income and race, new research indicates.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
New Smart Parking Software Cuts Congestion, Emissions
Cornell University

New smart parking software developed by Cornell University researchers, which matches drivers with parking garage spots based on travel time and other factors, could reduce congestion and emissions while saving drivers the time of circling to look for available spots.

Newswise: Living Walls: University Researchers Develop Green Tech for Treating Wastewater from Microbreweries
Released: 1-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Living Walls: University Researchers Develop Green Tech for Treating Wastewater from Microbreweries
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) researchers received a patent for green wall technology that will provide craft breweries cost-effective and sustainable options for wastewater treatment. The team found a way to make the common Pothos and recycled glass an environmental solution to support the growing microbrewery trend in the region.

Newswise: Weedy rice is unintended legacy of Green Revolution
Released: 26-Mar-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Weedy rice is unintended legacy of Green Revolution
Washington University in St. Louis

A new global study reveals the extent to which high-yielding rice varieties favored in the decades since the “Green Revolution” have a propensity to go feral, turning a staple food crop into a weedy scourge.Weedy rice is a de-domesticated form of rice that infests paddies worldwide and aggressively outcompetes cultivated varieties.

Newswise: Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology Clears Important Development Hurdle
Released: 19-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology Clears Important Development Hurdle
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new design has put the long-sought idea of artificial photosynthesis within reach

26-Feb-2020 3:20 PM EST
Households in Switzerland could feasibly be energy self-sufficient by 2050
PLOS

First-of-its-kind study systematically investigates the technical and economic feasibility of photovoltaics-powered energy self-sufficient households in a temperate climate

Newswise: Save Your Soybeans and Corn, Iowa’s ‘Goldilocks’ Period Won’t Last
Released: 3-Feb-2020 8:00 AM EST
Save Your Soybeans and Corn, Iowa’s ‘Goldilocks’ Period Won’t Last
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Over the past few decades, Iowa’s agriculture has experienced a period of consistently high yields. The perfect distribution and timing of humidity, rainfall and heat have led to bumper crops of corn and soybeans. This “Goldilocks” period is partly due to global warming, but experts believe farmers shouldn’t expect it to last. In Physics Today, scientists Eugene Takle and William Gutowski describe the challenges farmers could expect to see to maintaining high yields if global warming continues along predicted trends.

20-Jan-2020 7:30 PM EST
New Investments and Research Indicate Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Climate Restoration Through Carbon-Capture
Thunderbird School of Global Management

Climate restoration is the global movement to remove the trillion tons of excess CO2 from the atmosphere to restore our air to preindustrial levels of carbon dioxide and to preserve the Arctic ice. Given the climate emergency, climate restoration is a critical third pillar of climate action, complementing ongoing mitigation and adaptation efforts. New technologies and natural solutions for reducing CO2 levels in the next 30 years already exist and the costs for global-scale implementation are projected to be less than 1-3% of the global annual GDP.

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Released: 21-Jan-2020 10:05 AM EST
Transformative 'Green' Accelerator Achieves World's First 8-pass Full Energy Recovery
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientists from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have successfully demonstrated the world's first capture and reuse of energy in a multi-turn particle accelerator, where electrons are accelerated and decelerated in multiple stages and transported at different energies through a single beamline.

Newswise: How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels
Released: 14-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works well at close to room temperature, unlike conventional processes, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Green Chemistry.

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Released: 13-Jan-2020 8:30 AM EST
McMaster chemists find new way to break down old tires into material for new ones
McMaster University

A team of chemists at McMaster University has discovered an innovative way to break down and dissolve the rubber used in automobile tires, a process which could lead to new recycling methods that have so far proven to be expensive, difficult and largely inefficient.

Newswise: Supporting Structures of Wind Turbines Contribute to Wind Farm Blockage Effect
Released: 12-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
Supporting Structures of Wind Turbines Contribute to Wind Farm Blockage Effect
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Much about the aerodynamic effects of larger wind farms remains poorly understood. New work in this week’s Journal of Renewable and Sustainably Energy looks to provide more insight in how the structures necessary for wind farms affect air flow. Using a two-scale coupled momentum balance method, researchers theoretically and computationally reconstructed conditions that large wind farms might face in the future, including the dampening effect that comes with spacing turbines close to one another.

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Released: 9-Dec-2019 12:35 PM EST
New Function for Plant Enzyme Could Lead to Green Chemistry
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could inspire the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates, one of the cornerstone chemical reactions needed to synthesize a wide array of organic molecules, including those found in lubricants, cosmetics, and those used as raw materials for making plastics.

Newswise: Argonne Collaboration Shows Benefits of Better Corn Residue Management Strategies
Released: 3-Dec-2019 12:05 PM EST
Argonne Collaboration Shows Benefits of Better Corn Residue Management Strategies
Argonne National Laboratory

Sustainable corn stover removal can maintain soil carbon stock, according a new Argonne-led study.

Newswise: Bending an Organic Semiconductor Can Boost Electrical Flow
Released: 3-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
Bending an Organic Semiconductor Can Boost Electrical Flow
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Slightly bending semiconductors made of organic materials can roughly double the speed of electricity flowing through them and could benefit next-generation electronics such as sensors and solar cells, according to Rutgers-led research. The study is published in the journal Advanced Science.

Newswise: : The Greenest Diet: Bacteria Switch to Eating Carbon Dioxide
Released: 27-Nov-2019 2:15 PM EST
: The Greenest Diet: Bacteria Switch to Eating Carbon Dioxide
Weizmann Institute of Science

Weizmann Institute scientists have converted bacteria to consume CO2 – basically, to live on air – instead of sugar. Such bacteria may contribute to new, carbon-efficient technologies, from food production to green fuels.

Newswise: Big trucks, little emissions
Released: 26-Nov-2019 4:25 PM EST
Big trucks, little emissions
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Newswise: New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process
Released: 26-Nov-2019 5:00 AM EST
New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis.

Newswise: PPPL is recognized for being green
Released: 22-Nov-2019 3:05 PM EST
PPPL is recognized for being green
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its green practices in reducing waste, energy, and water, and transportation, and for green purchasing and electronics recycling.

Released: 21-Nov-2019 12:30 PM EST
Breaking Down Biodegradable: UF Scientist Creates Guide to Bioplastics
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

“Bioplastics—a better option for the environment?” is a compilation of information about bioplastics. These alternative plastics have become more popular, and as it turns out, they’re effectively still the same as petroleum-based plastic, according to Dr. McGuire’s document.

Released: 19-Nov-2019 8:00 AM EST
Breakthrough tool launched at Greenbuild empowers users to radically reduce embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure
University of Washington

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool delivers the first digitized EPDs for construction materials in a free platform designed to accelerate early adoption across the entire construction industry.

Newswise: Go With the Flow: Scientists Design New Grid Batteries for Renewable Energy
Released: 7-Nov-2019 11:00 AM EST
Go With the Flow: Scientists Design New Grid Batteries for Renewable Energy
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have designed an affordable ‘flow battery’ membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.

4-Nov-2019 8:05 AM EST
Switching to solar and wind will reduce groundwater use
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Researchers explored optimal pathways for managing groundwater and hydropower trade-offs for different water availability conditions as solar and wind energy start to play a more prominent role in California.

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Released: 4-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
Tethered Chem Combos Could Revolutionize Artificial Photosynthesis
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have doubled the efficiency of a chemical combo that captures light and splits water molecules so the building blocks can be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Their study, selected as an American Chemical Society “Editors’ Choice” that will be featured on the cover* of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Newswise: Protein Data Bank at Rutgers Awarded $34.5 Million Grant
Released: 4-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
Protein Data Bank at Rutgers Awarded $34.5 Million Grant
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The RCSB Protein Data Bank headquartered at Rutgers University–New Brunswick has been awarded $34.5 million in grants over five years from three U.S. government agencies. The funding – an approximately 5 percent increase over the previous five-year period – covers ongoing operations and will expand the reach of the world’s only open-access, digital data resource for the 3D biomolecular structures of life.

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Released: 29-Oct-2019 2:05 AM EDT
Argonne lends a hand toward climate and weather understanding
Argonne National Laboratory

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) User Facility, supported by the DOE Office of Science, has been providing researchers the data to understand the complex global climate picture for 27 years. The first ARM facility, the Southern Great Plains (SGP) site, was opened in 1992, and is operated by Argonne. Today, there are six stationary and mobile ARM facilities located or transported globally and managed and operated by nine DOE National Laboratories.

Released: 28-Oct-2019 4:45 PM EDT
To rid electric grid of carbon, shore up green energy support
Cornell University

Cornell and Northwestern University engineers, along with a federal economist, have created an energy model that helps to remove carbon-generated power from the U.S. electric grid – replacing it with a greener, financially feasible wind, solar and hydro energy system.

Newswise: Study Provides Framework For One Billion Years Of Green Plant Evolution
Released: 23-Oct-2019 2:10 PM EDT
Study Provides Framework For One Billion Years Of Green Plant Evolution
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists who were involved in a nine-year research project, One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Initiative (1KP).

Newswise: Ceramic Industry Should Bring Carbon Reducing Cold Sintering Process Out of Labs and Into Manufacturing Says New Research
Released: 21-Oct-2019 10:20 AM EDT
Ceramic Industry Should Bring Carbon Reducing Cold Sintering Process Out of Labs and Into Manufacturing Says New Research
University of Warwick

A new techno-economic analysis, by a team led by a researcher from WMG at the University of Warwick, shows that the energy intensive ceramic industry would gain both financial and environmental benefits if it moved to free the cold sintering process from languishing in labs to actual use in manufacturing everything from high tech to domestic ceramics.

Newswise: Using 'green' approach to manage stormwater runoff
Released: 18-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Using 'green' approach to manage stormwater runoff
South Dakota State University

Soil and plants, strategically placed, can help reduce stormwater runoff—and, in the long run, help relieve pressure on the city drainage system. However, engaging city officials and community members is integral to implementing these techniques.

Released: 18-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Croissant making inspires renewable energy solution
Queen Mary University of London

The art of croissant making has inspired researchers from Queen Mary University of London to find a solution to a sustainable energy problem.

Released: 18-Oct-2019 3:50 AM EDT
Assessing the benefits and risks of land-based greenhouse gas removal
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows that afforestation and other forms of climate-friendly land use not only helps to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to reduce global warming, but they can also contribute to achieving the SDGs.

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Released: 17-Oct-2019 2:45 PM EDT
Johns Hopkins APL’s Breakthrough Flexible, Cuttable Lithium-Ion Battery Now Won’t Catch Fire
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, has realized another landmark achievement with their breakthrough lithium-ion battery technology. The flexible Li-ion battery that can operate under extreme conditions — including cutting, submersion and simulated ballistic impact — can now also add incombustible to its resume.

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Released: 15-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Materials’ increased capacity, efficiency could lower the bar for hydrogen technology
Sandia National Laboratories

The Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), a multilab collaboration, is developing two types of hydrogen storage materials to meet federal targets. Now, the newly expanded collaboration is using the most promising strategies to optimize the materials for future use in vehicles, potentially offering more compact onboard storage systems, reduced operating pressures and significant cost savings.

Released: 15-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
US green economy worth $1.3 trillion per year, but new policies needed to maintain growth
University College London

The US green economy is estimated to generate over $1.3 trillion in revenue per year, representing 16.5% of the global green economy, according to a new study by UCL.

Newswise: Researchers urge Midwestern states to recycle solar panels efficiently
Released: 14-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers urge Midwestern states to recycle solar panels efficiently
Missouri University of Science and Technology

By 2050, up to six million tons of solar panel waste will need recycling. But few states have started processes for handling the waste even as they require more energy produced by renewable sources.

Newswise: New Electrolyte Stops Rapid Performance Decline of Next-Generation Lithium Battery
Released: 9-Oct-2019 5:05 PM EDT
New Electrolyte Stops Rapid Performance Decline of Next-Generation Lithium Battery
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have designed and tested a new electrolyte composition that could greatly accelerate the adoption of the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.

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Released: 9-Oct-2019 5:05 PM EDT
ECS President Congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners
The Electrochemical Society

Christina Bock, ECS Board president, congratulated John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino on receiving the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.” The long term Society members published important research papers in the ECS Journal. Goodenough and Whittingham are ECS Fellows.

Newswise: Modified quantum dots capture more energy from light and lose less to heat
Released: 7-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Modified quantum dots capture more energy from light and lose less to heat
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted as heat.

Newswise: Agronomists detail the benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure in new study
4-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Agronomists detail the benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure in new study
Iowa State University

The massive underground infrastructure that allows farmers to cultivate crops on much of the world’s most productive land has outlived its design life and should be updated, according to a new study. Installing higher-capacity pipes and conservation practices would yield a wide range of production and environmental benefits.

Newswise: New Photovoltaic Research Partnership Spans Countries, Disciplines
Released: 7-Oct-2019 12:00 AM EDT
New Photovoltaic Research Partnership Spans Countries, Disciplines
Arizona State University (ASU)

Arizona State University is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, the Tyndall National Institute and Ulster University to improve solar technology.


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