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Potentially Explosive Methane Gas Mobile in Groundwater, Poses Safety Risk: Study

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:48:00 EST

Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk, according to a new study by University of Guelph researchers.(image)



Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:46:00 EST

Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved.(image)



Bio-inspired energy storage: a new light for solar power

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:27:00 EST

Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution.The new type of electrode created by RMIT University researchers could boost the capacity of existing integrable storage technologies by 3000 per cent.(image)



From grass to grassoline

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:21:00 EST

Researchers at Ghent University have developed a process that turns grass into fuel.Scientists at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent University have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel. Will we soon drive on ‘grassoline’?"Until now, grass has mainly served as feed for animals. We can get more out of grass: due to its vast abundance, it is an attractive source to produce organics such as aviation fuel" , scientist Way Cern Khor tells us. During his PhD research at Ghent University, Belgium, he investigated methods that disintegrate and bioconvert grass until it can be used as a fuel.(image)



Energy Storage Solutions will help tackle Climate Change

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:51:00 EST

The UK is placing energy storage at the heart of its new Modern Industrial Strategy, due to its potential to support smart energy systems and the automotive sector. As the energy industry moves away from carbon-heavy production, the twin-approach of renewable energy and storage will be critical for delivering on the demand while securing the future of UK energy.(image)



Flow battery based on PNNL chemistry commissioned

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:07:00 EST

Officials are celebrating the installation of the world's largest containerized vanadium flow battery storage system by capacity, which uses electrolyte chemistry developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.(image)



The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:33:00 EST

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.(image)