October 20/27, 2008

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"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



Dye solar cell goes both ways

Add the right material to a dye-sensitized solar cell and position it so that it captures light from the front and back and you can boost the amount of electricity the cell generates. [more]


Nanotubes crank up microbe power

Coat carbon nanotubes with platinum nanoparticles, add water, and you've got the key component of a microbial fuel cell that generates six times the power of previous microbial fuel cells. [more]


Pressure pumps up microbe power

Increase the pressure in a microbial fuel cell slightly and you can significantly boost the power it produces. [more]


Compressed air gives solar a sunny outlook

Couple photovoltaic electricity generation with compressed air energy storage and you've got an on-demand power source that's cheaper than natural-gas-powered electricity. [more]


Local wind power cuts peak costs

Put up a wind turbine and you not only generate some of your own electricity but you cut down on the peak demand charges for the electricity you do get from your utility. [more]


DOE awards $43m for geothermal R&D

The US Department of Energy has awarded up to $43.1 million to 21 groups for improving geothermal energy systems. [more]


Feds release biofuels action plan

The US Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy have released the National Biofuels Action Plan, an interagency blueprint for boosting the nation's production and use of biofuels. [more]



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


The little things

Little things -- very little things -- figure prominently in a pair of items in this issue of ERN. Advances in microbial fuel cells that involve nanotubes and air pressure move the technology closer to producing useful amounts electricity. [more]



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


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