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    • Research Update: Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency (Solar Novus Today)- March 1, 2011
    • As researchers develop third generation solar cells, much of their focus is on improving efficiency. New dyes, nanostructures, and quantum dots are helping new technology to achieve more. Dye-sensitized cells have advanced steadily over the last little while, and much of the research is focused on using new dyes to increase efficiency. For example, in "Porphyrin Dye Achieves 11% Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells," researchers led by Michael Grätzel of the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne ... More...
    • Boiling bubbles are cool in space (Physorg.com)- March 1, 2011
    • An experiment to gain a basic understanding of this phenomena launched to the International Space Station on space shuttle Discovery Feb. 24. The Nucleate Pool Boiling Experiment, or NPBX, is one of two experiments in the new Boiling eXperiment Facility, or BXF. Nucleate boiling is bubble growth from a heated surface and the subsequent detachment of the bubble to a cooler surrounding liquid. As a result, these bubbles can efficiently transfer energy from the boiling surface into the surrounding ... More...
    • Rowan engineering prof appointed chair of prestigious journal publication (CourierPostOnline.com)- February 28, 2011
    • Dr. C. Stewart Slater, Rowan University professor of chemical engineering, has been appointed chair of the Publications Board of the esteemed Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) journal. Slater previously served as vice-chair and has been a board member for more than 10 years. CEE is published jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and is the leading journal in the field of chemical engineering pedagogy. Slater ta... More...
    • Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness (The New York Times)- February 23, 2011
    • SAN FRANCISCO — Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the nascent industry. The litigation, which seeks to block construction of five of the solar thermal projects, underscores the growing risks of building large-scale renewable energy plants in environmentally delicate areas. On Jan. 25, for... More...
    • Engineer develops new approach for uncertainty estimation (R & D Daily)- February 17, 2011
    • Pavlos Vlachos, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, working with two engineers from Utah State Univ., have won the Lewis F. Moody Award for an outstanding original paper useful to the practice of mechanical engineering. The Moody Award, established in 1958 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Fluids Engineering Division, will be presented to Vlachos, and his two colleagues, Benjamin Timmins and Barton Smith of the mechanical engineering department at Uta... More...
    • Harvard Study: $500 Billion Full Cost of Coal (GreenPeace)- February 16, 2011
    • People and the environment are paying the price while corporations reap the profits. Today in Boston, on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, we hosted a preview of a remarkable study soon to be published, authored by Dr. Paul Epstein, Director of Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment. Epstein and eleven co-authors have complied a first of its kind “Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal”, tracking the multiple human health and environmental impacts of c... More...
    • Fuel Tech Schedules Fourth Quarter 2010 Conference Call (BusinessWire)- February 15, 2011
    • Fuel Tech, Inc. a world leader in advanced engineering solutions for the optimization of combustion systems for utility and industrial customers, announced today that it will host its fourth quarter 2010 conference call on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The call will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet. Fuel Tech is a leading technology company engaged in the worldwide development, commercialization and application of state-of-the-art proprietary technologies for air pollution control, pro... More...
    • Cisco Backs Home Energy Player Control4 (Reuters)- February 15, 2011
    • Smart grid network players are slowing choosing their preferred startups to provide applications and devices at the edges of the network. On Tuesday, router giant Cisco announced it has made an equity investment in, and has created a distribution partnership with, Control4, a startup that provides home automation and energy gear and services. (Cisco’s SVP of Emerging Technologies Marthin De Beer, and Control4′s CEO Will West will both be speaking at our Green:Net event on April 21 in San Fra... More...
    • Inventys - CO2 capture for $15 per tonne (Carbon Capture Journal)- February 14, 2011
    • Inventys has developed a gas separation technology that it claims enables carbon dioxide to be captured from industrial flue gas streams for US $15 per tonne of CO2. Called the VeloxoTherm™ process, it has the ability to recover the heat energy evolved during adsorption and use it to help release the CO2. The VeloxoTherm™ (velox = fast; therm = thermal) gas separation process is a post combustion carbon dioxide capture technol­ogy that has been developed by Inventys Thermal Technologies. Th... More...
    • Ultimately renewable fuel (ContractorMag.com)- February 11, 2011
    • Fossil fuel guzzling has fallen out of favor. Alternative fuels and energy efficiency are in demand, especially when the source of energy is wood, the ultimately renewable resource. Even more appealing is when the wood fuel is a byproduct of the facility it’s heating and is burned in an eco-friendly fashion. “Wood is our lifestyle, our bread n’ butter, and is at the core of everything we do,” says Merv Wenger, owner of Wenger Woodworks in Manheim, Pa. Merv and his son Travis operate the... More...