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All-carbon solar cell built by Stanford scientists

Stanford University scientists have built the first ever carbon-only solar cell which may be a promising lower cost (and high performance) alternative to current photovoltaic energy devices. Existing solar cells often rely on multi-step processing and rare metals such as … Continue reading

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An international approach for data centres

Approximately 30 million kW of electricity is used by data centres across the world, around the same as 30 nuclear power plants. The power demand in data centres (per rack) is growing very quickly for the UK and other developed … Continue reading

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Commercialisation of synthetic fuel made from air and water

Air Fuel Synthesis, an English company, has begun producing gasoline (petrol) from air and water. The company’s process combines carbon dioxide and hydrogen to create synthetic gasoline. Electrolysis is used to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen and carbon capture … Continue reading

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Kerosine jet engines can now run on biofuel

Increased in oil prices have provided new incentives to develop alternative fuel sources for jet engines. Whilst the use of biofuels in jet engines is not new, recent technological advances have meant that biofuel blends can be used without any … Continue reading

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Nano-technology improves energy storage

The nanocable, produced with techniques pioneered in the nascent graphene research  field, could be used to build next-generation energy-storage systems. A recent study reports that the capacity of the nanocable is at least 10 times greater than what would be … Continue reading

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Sustainable street lights

Britain has 7.5 million street lamps costing an estimated £500 million a year to run. Current council budget concerns are driving a streetlight blackout policy to reduce energy costs, however this occurs at an expense to inhabitants, as poor lighting … Continue reading

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Making energy from cheese waste and cow manure

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New research has shown that a mix of whey (a by-product of the cheese-making process) and liquid cow manure may be the ideal combination for high quality biogas. Cheese whey is only a problem for really large dairies, but isn’t … Continue reading

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