July 14/21, 2008




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"The public should but probably doesn't understand how little basic energy science research goes on in our country -- in fact up until two years ago solar energy was, at least in government circles, largely ridiculed and written off."
-Craig Grimes, Penn State


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RESEARCH

Window generates electricity

A new device based on an older solar technology produces inexpensive solar energy by capturing layers of light and concentrating them sideways. [more]

RESEARCH

Salts boost dye solar cells

Dye-sensitized solar cells are inexpensive alternatives to silicon solar cells, but the most efficient versions, which capture as much as 11.1 percent of sunlight, use volatile organic solvents that require expensive encapsulation. [more]

FUNDING

UK pumps $38m into artificial photosynthesis

Seven research teams in the UK involved in three projects have landed £19,277,515 (about $38 million) to mimic what plants do every day -- convert sunlight to fuel. [more]

RESEARCH

Satellite shows where the wind blows

Now that engineers are developing floating wind farms to generate electricity on the open oceans, it's important to know where over the vasty deep the strongest, most consistent winds blow. [more]

RESEARCH

Algae-to-hydrogen system closes the loop

The most efficient way to use biomass as an energy source is a closed-loop system that recycles the byproducts of the processes that turn organic matter like plants and algae into electricity. [more]

LAB NOTE

Bosch Group joins MIT Energy Initiative

International conglomerate the Bosch Group has signed on to MIT's Energy Initiative, promising $5 million over five years and support for 10 graduate students. The Bosch Group's participation in the initiative will focus on materials for electrochemical energy storage, thermoelectric materials and thin-film solar cells. The initiative's founding members are BP Technology Ventures Inc. and Eni SpA. Bosch Group is joining ABB Research Ltd., Robert Bosch LLC, Chevron USA Inc., Enel Produzione SpA, Ford Motor Company, Fundacio Barcelona Tecnologia and Schlumberger Technology Corporation as sustaining members.

LAB NOTE

Argonne device tracks plug-in hybrid performance

Argonne National Laboratory has developed a diagnostic device that monitors plug-in hybrid electric vehicle performance. The device uses GPS and a network of sensors to collect real-time data on where and how far a vehicle travels, how the engine and battery perform, how efficiently the fuel is used and to calculate watt-hours per mile.


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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

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Clean energy and the grid

Yesterday I met with veteran journalist Bob Buderi, who gave me some much appreciated advice on navigating the rough waters of online media. (Check out his latest venture Xconomy.) While walking back to the Red Line in Cambridge I passed by the Kendall Cogeneration Station. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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BMW's Building an Electric Mini. You Can't Have One.

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Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid: Nikkei

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