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my new column out: NBICS and the Convention on Biological diversity (CBD)

In Disabled People, Health, nano on June 30, 2007 at 5:37 pm

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a list of all columns can be found here

U.S. Is Creating 3 Centers for Research on Biofuels

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2007 at 3:03 am

The New York Times
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June 26, 2007
U.S. Is Creating 3 Centers for Research on Biofuels
By MATTHEW L. WALD

WASHINGTON, June 25 — The Energy Department is creating three
bioenergy research centers to find new ways to turn plants into fuel.

The three centers, which the department described as three start-up
companies with $125 million each in capital, will be in Oak Ridge,
Tenn.; Madison, Wis.; and near Berkeley, Calif. They will involve
numerous universities, national laboratories and private companies.
The goal of the centers, which are to be announced on Tuesday, is to
bring new technologies to market within five years…..
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The Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 4:37 am

see here and an article about it here

Oil from Algae

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 4:26 am

is reported as a solution here

AlternativeEnergyBlogs

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2007 at 3:37 pm

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AlternativeEnergyBlogs is a gateway to the following Alternative Energy Blogs:

The Bioeconomy Blog
The Bioeconomy Blog is devoted to the promotion of all key literature relating to biorenewable fuels, most notably bioethanol and biodiesel. It will focus on the economic, environmental, medical, political, and social aspects of bioeconomy initiatives. The Bioeconomy Blog is a companion to the The Bioenergy Blog, which is devoted to the technical aspects and technologies associated with production.
[http://www.bioeconomyblog.blogspot.com/]
Facebook Group
[http://iastate.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2350983131]

The Bioenergy Blog
is devoted to the documentation of key literature relating to biorenewable fuels, most notably bioethanol and biodiesel. It is focused on the technical aspects and technologies associated with the production of these fuels. The Bioenergy Blog is a companion blog to The Bioeconomy Blog, which is focused on the non-technical aspects of bio-based fuels.
[http://thebioenergyblog.blogspot.com/]
Facebook Group
[http://iastate.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2363348674]

The Geothermal Energy Blog
The Geothermal Energy Blog is devoted to the documentation of key monographic literature relating to all aspect of geothermal energy.
[http://thegeothermalenergyblog.blogspot.com/]
Facebook Group
[http://iastate.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2362519065]

The Wind Energy Blog
The Wind Energy Blog is devoted to the promotion of all key literature relating to wind energy and wind turbines and related technologies. It will also focus on non-technical issues as well.
[http://windenergyblog.blogspot.com/]
Facebook Group
[http://www.windenergyblog.blogspot.com/]

In Preparation

The Clean Coal Blog
The Green Building Blog
The Hydrogen Energy

More reports on biofuel…

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Ethanol Expansion in the United States How Will the Agricultural Sector Adjust?
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Ethanol Expansion in the United States How Will the Agricultural Sector Adjust?

Emerging Biofuels: Outlook of Effects on U.S. Grain, Oilseed, and Livestock Markets
Emerging Biofuels: Outlook of Effects on U.S. Grain, Oilseed, and Livestock Markets
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1070
http://www.card.iastate.edu

Congressional Research Service CRS Regort for Congress Ethanol and Biofuels: Agriculture,…

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Ethanol and Biofuels: Agriculture Infrastructure, and Market Constraints Related to Expanded Production
March 16, 2007
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Cost of solar electricity

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Boeing promises to cut the delivered price of electricity via concentrated solar to 15 cents per kilowatt hour by 2010, from an estimated 32 cents per kilowatt hour today, and to cut that price in half again by 2015. That would make solar power less expensive than electricity from the grid in much of the United States, where the average price of electricity in recent months has been about 10 cents per kilowatt hour.
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Lights! Water! Motion!

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2007 at 1:22 am

The world’s urban infrastructure needs a $40 trillion makeover. Here’s how to reinvigorate our electricity, water, and transportation systems by integrating finance, governance, technology, and design.
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Solar cells with 40.7% efficiency made, 58% efficient possible

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2007 at 1:16 am

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168 million for 13 solar projects

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2007 at 10:47 pm

U.S. Funds Shine $168M on Solar

President Bush wants to cut the price of solar electricity.
March 9, 2007

By Ilkka Luukkonen

The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday announced it will invest $168 million in 13 solar technology projects in the next three years as a move to bring down the cost of solar energy.
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EU’s Sustainable Energy Future

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2007 at 12:45 am

Commitment by European leaders to scale up efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 per cent by 2020 sets the right path to control climate change at the global level. But appropriate laws and measures are needed to be put into place so that the goal does not remain hot air.
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Cheap Nano Solar Cells

In nano on March 8, 2007 at 3:56 am

Monday, March 05, 2007
Carbon nanotubes could help make nanoparticle-based solar cells more efficient and practical.
By Kevin Bullis
Researchers at University of Notre Dame, in Indiana, have demonstrated a way to significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells made using low-cost, readily available materials, including a chemical commonly used in paints. The researchers added single-walled carbon nanotubes to a film made of titanium-dioxide nanoparticles, doubling the efficiency of converting ultraviolet light into electrons when compared with the performance of the nanoparticles alone. The solar cells could be used to make hydrogen for fuel cells directly from water or for producing electricity. Titanium oxide is a main ingredient in white paint.
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Nanotechnology for Sustainability: Key Opportunities for Energy Saving, Few for New Energy Generation – Report

In nano on February 24, 2007 at 1:54 am

Nanotechnologies for the Residential and Commercial Energy Market
Nanotechnologies for the Energy Market
Nanotechnologies for the Automotive Energy Market

Simple biofuel cells with nanotechnology

In nano on February 14, 2007 at 3:32 am

Nanowerk News) A simple enzyme-based biofuel cell has been made by a team of Japanese scientists (“Fructose/dioxygen biofuel cell based on direct electron transfer-type bioelectrocatalysis”).
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Tactical Biorefinery

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2007 at 9:42 pm

A group of scientists have created a portable refinery that efficiently converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The machine, designed for the U.S. military, would allow soldiers in the field to convert waste into power and could have widespread civilian applications in the future.

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ENERGY 2020: A VISION OF THE FUTURE —A REPORT RETRIEVED FROM THE YEAR 2020 VIA A WORMHOLE

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2007 at 10:19 pm

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Alternative-Energy Spending Fizzles Out

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2007 at 6:02 pm

USA Congress ends without funding research programs, as the United States falls behind in alternative technologies.
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Nanotechnology meets solar energy

In nano on December 12, 2006 at 1:29 am

(Nanowerk News) Two of the hot-button fields of scientific study — nanotechnology and solar energy — are being combined by a team of Arizona State University researchers in an effort to find a cheap source of household energy for the nation’s future.
The team headed by Stuart Lindsey, director of the Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Arizona Biodesign Institute; Rudy Diaz, associate professor of electrical engineering; and chemistry professor Devens Gust, have received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore creation of infinitesimal nanoscale devices on the molecular level that can convert sunlight into electric current.
The idea is to try to overcome the major problem of photovoltaic solar energy — its relative inefficiency, which makes the cost of electricity produced by solar cells four times greater than electricity produced by nuclear or fossil fuels.
“If it works, there is a potential to bring the fabrication cost down to a very small amount,” Lindsey said.
That’s a big “if,” Lindsey admits. He said the idea of using nano-structures to convert sunlight into electricity is still theoretical. But the fact that the NSF is willing to fund research indicates an increasing interest in the concept by the scientific community, he said.

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Genetically engineered blood protein can be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2006 at 11:45 pm

Scientists have combined two molecules that occur naturally in blood to engineer a molecular complex that uses solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, says research published today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
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