December 15/22, 2008




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Perspective

"There is no leadership at the national level and the misinformation that is spread by the existing energy companies and special interest groups is exceptionally misleading. On the other side, media hype based on press releases or other non-refereed reports can lead to unrealistic expectations."
 
- from Q&A with Robert Birkmire


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RESEARCH

Wind powered electric vehicles top study

Corn ethanol is better than cellulosic ethanol but neither one is a solution to the problems of global warming, air pollution and energy security. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Nanocones soak up sunlight

Shape the surface of an amorphous silicon solar cell into a forest of microscopic cones and you can make the cells absorb twice the sunlight. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Leaf-shaped material harvests more light

Form titanium dioxide into the exact structure of a leaf and you can make the semiconductor absorb more visible light than its bulk form. [more]

RESEARCH - FUSION

Radio technique keeps fusion gas in place

Hit the right type of helium gas with the right frequencies of high-power radio waves and you have an efficient way to drive extremely hot gas around inside a fusion reactor. [more]

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Coffee grounds get second life as biodiesel feedstock

Extract oil from spent coffee grounds, then chemically alter the oil, and you have a biofuel from the remains of your morning fuel. [more]

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Engineered E. coli promise biofuel production

Genetically modify the common E. coli bacteria to produce energy-dense alcohols and you have a potential route to inexpensive biofuels. [more]

LAB NOTE - SOLAR CELLS

Public grid to hunt for solar plastics

IBM has launched another World Community Grid project, this time aimed at providing compute power to Harvard researchers who are working on efficient, inexpensive organic solar cells. [more]

FUNDING - BIOFUELS

DOD pumps $20m into algae jet fuel

The US Department of Defense has awarded $20 million to General Atomics, Inc. to research and develop commercial processes for producing jet fuel from algae. [more]


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Special Report
Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

Eric on Energy

December 11, 2008

Web tool helps you save fuel

Check out the Department of Energy's Petroleum Reduction Planning tool (PREP), a nifty calculator that helps you reduce your fuel use. [more]

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Special Report
Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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