‘Tequila’ powered biofuels more efficient than corn or sugar

Agave tequilana, the plant native to Mexico used to make tequila, could prove to be an efficient alternative to sugarcane and corn to make biofuels in semi-arid regions. This research is the first to look at the plants lifecycle and model the economics.

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On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products

Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon dioxide and water into organic molecules and oxygen. On Earth, such a biohybrid could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On Mars, it would provide colonists with raw material to manufacture organic compounds ranging from fuels to drugs. The efficiency is greater than the photosynthetic efficiency of most plants.

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Siemens Gamesa’s 170m rotor onshore turbine to debut in Sweden

The first deployment of the wind turbine with the largest rotor in the onshore industry is to be in Sweden. Siemens Gamesa has won an order for eight of its the 5.8-170 turbines from Danish developer Eurowind Energy for the 46 MW Knöstad project near Karlstad in Sweden. The turbine is capable of capturing more…

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WindEurope warns Covid-19 mustn’t stop all wind turbine component output

The sector group argues essential equipment must still be produced or the global wind energy supply chain will grind to a halt

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Epicentro Movie Review — Cuba’s Cleantech Revolution, Propaganda, & Reasons The Poor Stay Poor

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the world’s premier film festivals, drawing thousands of people from all over the world to jam into theaters ranging in size from school gymnasiums to quaint and cozy theaters in downtown Park City with a few dozen seats. Standing in tightly packed lines and jamming into theaters seems [&hellip

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As energy stocks tumble, these names have best chance of survival

The crude oil crush has taken down energy stocks, but there may be some survivors.

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BYD Blade battery for upcoming Han electric sedan keeps cool, aims for safety

BYD Han EVChinese automaker BYD has revealed a new battery pack, to be used in its upcoming flagship sedan. BYD claims the new battery pack, dubbed “Blade” will be a significant step forward in safety. The battery pack did not overheat or catch fire during nail penetration tests, according to BYD. In the same test, the automaker said other designs either…

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Weighing in on the origin of heavy elements

Nuclear physicists conducted a physics experiment that utilizes novel techniques to study the nature and origin of heavy elements in the universe.

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New explanation for sudden heat collapses in plasmas can help create fusion energy

Researchers find that jumbled magnetic fields in the core of fusion plasmas can cause the entire plasma discharge to suddenly collapse.

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Using fiber optics to advance safe and renewable energy

Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring of Arctic permafrost thaw. Now they have been awarded new grants to develop fiber optics for two novel uses: monitoring offshore wind operations and underground natural gas storage.

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