Miscanthus, a towering perennial grass pictured here, might be even better suited to growing in Iowa than previously thought, according to research by Iowa State University agronomists.

Miscanthus to Play a Major Role in Iowa Agriculture

Agronomists at Iowa State University say that miscanthus, a perennial grass used for biofuel production, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa. »

Scientist develop a self-cooling solar cell

Silica Glass Keeps Solar Cells Cool

A team of scientists led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University, has used a specially patterned layer of silica glass to keep solar cells cool by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation. »

NIST's Jodie Pope and her team have developed this prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers.

Prototype Meter Tests Accuracy of Hydrogen Fuel Dispensers

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers. »

Offshore wind turbines can provide feeding opportunities for the wildlife population in the area

Wind Turbines Provide Feeding Opportunities for Wildlife

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have discovered that offshore pipelines and wind turbines can provide new feeding opportunities for the wildlife population in the area. »

Ph.D. Student Daniel Storjohann fabricates ceramic fuel cells in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center.

Team to Create Single-Cell Fuel Cell Device for Home Use

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines are going to develop a single-cell fuel cell device that can produce electricity from natural gases. »

A new porous material traps radioactive gases that are released when nuclear fuel is recycled

Material Efficiently Traps Gases From Nuclear Fuel

A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps radioactive krypton and xenon gases that are released when nuclear fuel is recycled. »

A method chemically peels off the outer surface of a water-splitting catalyst, making it more efficient

Exfoliating Method Makes Water-Splitting Catalysts More Efficient

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a new method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions. »

The researchers' material, shown being installed at a site in the Middle East, combines sodium bentonite clay and polymers to create a substance that can withstand industrial waste

New Material Stores Industrial, Coal Plant Waste

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a new material that combines sodium bentonite clay and polymers to create a substance that can withstand industrial, coal plant waste. »

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Giant Lithium Titanate Battery to Be Connected to Grid in UK

The UK’s first 2 MW lithium titanate battery will be connected to the electrical grid later this year, as part of new research as a part of a research effort to tackle energy storage challenges. »

Global Innovation Index 2014

Report Shows European Countries as World’s Most Innovative

The Global Innovation Index 2014, co-authored by Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Dean Soumitra Dutta, was released in Sydney, Australia, July 18 at the B20 international business summit. »

A new catalyst improves the quality of oil produced from biomass before it is sent to the refinery

Catalyst Helps Get More Energy From Biofuel

A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of oil produced from biomass before it is even sent to the refinery. »

A new and better way to study “hot” carriers in semiconductors, a major source of efficiency loss in solar cells, has been developed by scientists at Berkeley Lab

New Insight Into Hot Carriers May Help Make Better Solar Cells

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a method to study the properties of “hot carriers” in semiconductors. This method could hold the key to the design and development of new, more efficient solar cells. »

The National Hockey League releases its 2014 NHL Sustainability Report

NHL Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

The National Hockey League (NHL) this week released its 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the first such report by a major sports league in North America. »

Russia gross export sales, 2013

EIA: 68% of Russia’s Export Revenues Are From Oil, Natural Gas

Russia is a major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Sales of these fuels accounted for 68% of Russia’s total export revenues in 2013, based on data from Russia’s Federal Customs Service. »

Photovoltaic panels at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge

Report: Most PV Modules Sold Today Are Reliable

A new report, the PV Module Reliability Scorecard 2014, by GTM Research and PV Evolution Labs, now DNV GL, found that PV manufacturer’s solar panels performed relatively well across all metrics. »

Merchandise trade deficits, by quarter, 1989-2013

EIA: Oil Exports Mitigate U.S. Trade Deficit

Since 2009, exports of petroleum and petroleum products have played a growing role in reducing the overall merchandise trade deficit. »

OPEC Annual Statistical Bulletin

OPEC’s Annual Statistical Bulletin 2014 Released

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has released the 49th online edition of its Annual Statistical Bulletin. »

Transportation sector energy use by vehicle type

EIA Expects Light-Duty Vehicles’ Share in Energy Use to Decrease

Transportation energy consumption, including energy demand from light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, aircraft, marine vessels, rail, and other sources, reached 13.8 million barrels per day oil equivalent (boe/d) in 2012 (28% of all energy consumption in the United States), down from a peak of 14.6 million boe/d in 2007. »

7/18/2014 This Week in Energy: Beyond Headlines

7/18/2014 This Week in Energy: Beyond Headlines

Here’s a bit of energy news that didn’t make it into our daily coverage during the past week. In this review, we collected some of less big, but nonetheless interesting news, of the week that went by, from the world of energy science and technology. »

Last year solar PV comprised roughly 92 GW of newly installed distributed power capacity (48%)

GlobalData: Solar PV Leads in Distributed Generation

A new study by GlobalData found that solar Photovoltaics (PVs) are already leading the world in the distributed power market consisting of 48 percent of the total distributed power capacity installed last year. In addition, the amount of annually installed distributed generation is slate to increase from 190 gigawatts in 2013 to roughly 389 gigawatts in 2019. »

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