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Study: For food-waste recycling, policy is key

Food scraps. Okay, those aren't the first words that come to mind when you think about the environment. But 22 percent of the municipal solid waste dropped into landfills or incincerators in the U.S. is, in fact, food that could be put to better use through composting and soil enrichment. Moreover, food-scrap recycling programs, while still relatively uncommon, are having a growth moment in the U.S.; they've roughly doubled in size since 2010. Now, a national study by MIT researchers provides one of the first in-depth …

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Warnings of energy storage market chaos, as industry unites against home battery ban

Australian energy storage industry registers thousands of protests against Standards Australia's proposed home battery ban. Industry body says if draft adopted, the energy storage industry in Australia and globally will be “thrown into chaos.”

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Feng Zhang to share Albany Medical Prize

Feng Zhang, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and an associate professor in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and of Biological Engineering, has been named a winner of the 2017 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. Zhang, who is the Poitras Professor in Neuroscience at MIT and a core member of the Broad Institute, is recognized for his contributions to the development of CRISPR-Cas9 as a gene editing technology, which in the words of the prize announcement …

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How Efficient Will Solar PV Be In The Future? 10-Year Predictions For The Industry

If you were to walk into a solar store and purchase some of their best-selling PV panels, it is likely that their solar irradiance-to-electricity conversion efficiency would be around 17%. This is the typical efficiency (Fraunhofer ISE Photovoltaics Report, 2017) of the top-selling PV product, a multi-crystalline silicon panel. This means that for a typical panel, 17% of all incident solar energy is converted directly to usable …

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Are Court Victories for Nuclear Credits a Win for Renewables? Maybe Not

On July 31, 2017, Greentech Media published an article entitled “Court Victories for New York, Illinois Nuclear Subsidies Are a Big Win for Renewables,” and declared that “It's a significant win for the nation's largest nuclear fleet owner Exelon.” While recent developments are certainly good for Exelon shareholders, they are bad for consumers and the environment. First, no matter how …

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EXPO 2017: Future Energy in Astana [SPONSORED]

EXPO 2017, an International Specialized Exhibition on “Future Energy”, opened its doors in the capital of Kazakhstan on June 10. It is inviting industry professionals and tourists from around the world to discover the most advanced technologies and the latest innovations in green energy. A global meeting point in Astana has brought together 115 countries […] The post EXPO 2017: Future Energy in Astana [SPONSORED] appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Germany’s Angela Merkel Looks To Electrification As Future Of German Auto Industry

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is cranking up the pressure on the German auto industry as it seeks to reorganize coming out of the diesel emissions scandals that shook its foundations. The strong push comes as Merkel seeks re-election and has recognized the mounting global market pressures that are coming to bear on the largely internal combustion–based German auto industry

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Researchers Create New Passive Cooling Material That Uses No Energy Or Water

Researchers at the University of Colorado - Boulder have created a new material that uses passive cooling to lower the temperature of any surface it is applied to, whether the roof of a building or a solar panel. Researchers Create New Passive …

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Does the 2040 Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Cars Mean the Death of Biofuels?

One question that arises from the announcement by the UK government that new diesel and petrol cars will be banned by 2040 is what it means for biofuels. According to Raffaella Ocone of Heriot-Watt University, co-author of a recent UK-government-funded report into the biofuels industry by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the 2040 ban could be viewed […] The post Does the 2040 Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Cars Mean the Death of Biofuels? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Be Prepared: Why the Smart Oil and Gas Producers are Leaning in Despite Uncertainty

Be Prepared. It's not just the Boy Scout motto, it's also the way most smart businesses try to operate. Better to anticipate future compliance issues today and bake them into your forward planning, than to be caught flatfooted tomorrow. That is a big part of the reason major multinational oil and gas producers like ExxonMobil […] The post Be Prepared: Why the Smart Oil and Gas Producers are Leaning in Despite Uncertainty appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Understanding tropical rainfall

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), also known as the doldrums, is one of the dramatic features of Earth's climate system. Prominent enough to be seen from space, the ITCZ appears in satellite images as a band of bright clouds around the tropics. Here, moist warm air accumulates in this atmospheric region near the equator, where the ocean and atmosphere heavily interact. Intense solar radiation and calm, warm ocean waters produce …

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Transparent, flexible solar cells

Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around us — on windows and walls, cell phones, laptops, and more. A new flexible, transparent solar cell developed at MIT is bringing that future one step closer. The device combines low-cost organic (carbon-containing) materials with electrodes of graphene, a flexible, transparent material made from inexpensive and abundant carbon sources. This advance in solar technology was enabled by a novel method of depositing a one-atom-thick layer of graphene onto the solar cell — …

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MIT Haystack Observatory's John Foster named AGU Fellow

John C. Foster, principal research scientist at MIT's Haystack Observatory, has been awarded AGU Fellow status from the American Geophysical Union for 2017. The AGU elects a small group of members to become fellows each year in honor of their scientific leadership and research excellence. Recipients are AGU members who have fundamentally advanced research in their fields of geophysics. "AGU Fellows are recognized for their scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Their breadth of interests and the scope of …