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Chernobyl nuclear power plant

The European Commission’s own research body, the Joint Research Center (JRC), has released a new report presenting an overview of its research on nuclear safety and security. In the European Union around 27% of electricity...
St. Lucie plant on Florida's Treasure Coast, one of the USA's longest running nuclear electricy plants

The Energy Department announced nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 83 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen...
Bionic liquids derived from lignin and hemicellulose show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose.

So-called bionic liquids derived from lignin and hemicellulose show remarkable performance in the biomass pretreatment process. While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving...
Molecular shuttle speeds up photocatalytic hydrogen production

Scientists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) have found a way to enhance photocatalytic hydrogen production by using a novel molecular shuttle. An LMU team affiliated with the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) has achieved...
A study by the University of Leicester identifies a new method to optimize fracking

A study by the University of Leicester has identified a new method to optimize fracking, improving gas yields and reducing environmental impacts. A team from the University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey have looked...
The 3221 cargo train after coal dump at Stratford Coal, Australia

Counterintuitively, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, according to scientists at Duke University. Under the right scenario, U.S. coal exports to South Korea...
Mixed industrial slags can be used to generate energy, reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

NETL researchers have found a way to use mixed industrial slags to generate energy and fuels, reduce carbon emissions. Slag is a molten mixture of process waste ashes from the power and metallurgical industries. In...
ABB will connect Europe’s largest tidal energy project to the U.K. Electrical grid

MeyGen tidal stream project in Scotland’s Pentland Firth, the largest tidal energy project in Europe, will use ABB technology to feed energy into the onshore distribution grid. ABB, a multinational corporation operating mainly in the...
A wind farm near Hampton, Iowa

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. continues to be a leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world. “As a readily expandable, domestic source of clean, renewable energy,...