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Shannon Zirbel, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, unfolds a solar panel array that was designed using the principles of origami. She worked on this project with Brian Trease at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

Solar Panel Array Designed Using Origami Principles

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory think that origami principles could help utilize space solar power for Earth-based purposes. As a high school student at...
Shale oil 'dividend' could pay for smaller carbon footprint

Shale Oil Profits Can Pay for Emission Reduction

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and natural gas boom could help offset the costs of reducing the U.S.’s carbon footprint, say agricultural...
Wind turbines in Gau-Bickelheim municipality, Germany

German Wind Farms Kill Foreign Bats

In a recent study scientists have identified the geographical origin of the most common bat species found dead below German wind turbines. Approximately 300,000 bats...
Technological innovation alone may be insufficient to reduce carbon emissions from transport

EU Transport Policy Is Insufficient to Achieve Emission Reductions

A new study has found that a focus on new technology is not enough to meet CO2 reduction targets in the transport industry. Transport accounts...
Deshawn Henry working on the water lens that can heat a liter of water to between 130 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit in a little more than an hour, destroying 99.9 percent of bacteria and pathogens

Water Lens Uses Sunlight to Purify Drinking Water

A 6-foot-tall, self-sustaining magnifying glass uses sunlight to heat and disinfect polluted water. Water may appear to be an abundant resource, but in some parts...

8/15/2014 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...
Chemical engineers use halide salts to create safer, longer-lasting lithium batteries

Halide Salts Make Lithium Batteries More Durable

Chemical engineers at Cornell University used halide salts to create safer, longer-lasting lithium batteries. Adding certain halide salts to liquid electrolytes spontaneously creates nanostructured surface...
Clear skies over western Europe and the Mediterranean area would allow to step up photovoltaic energy production.

Reduction of Aerosol Emissions to Affect Photovoltaic Energy

According to the Joint Research Center (JRC), the EU in-house scientific service, a global reduction on aerosol emissions is going to affect photovoltaic energy...
Ford and DTE Energy to construct the Michigan’s largest solar array at Ford World Headquarters

DTE Energy, Ford to Construct Largest Solar Array in MI

Ford Motor Company is partnering with DTE Energy to construct the Michigan’s largest solar array at Ford World Headquarters. The project, funded by DTE Energy,...