April 20/27, 2009



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Perspective

"The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources is a long and expensive but an absolutely vital process. We need a long term (30 to 50 years), high-priority program using a substantial part of the GNP and covering the entire scope – from fundamental research to commercial installation strategy – to gradually replace the fossil fuels we use for power generation, transportation and industrial thermal energy."
 
- Jacob Karni, from Special Report


News

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Fuel from air

April 20, 2009
Mix air with the right type of carbon molecule and the right form of hydrogen, and you can turn carbon dioxide into methanol. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Printable nanotubes store power

April 20, 2009
Come up with a way to spray single-walled carbon nanotubes and electrically conductive gels and you can make printable supercapacitors. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Algae proteins boost solar concentrators

April 20, 2009
Embed light-absorbing algae proteins in plastic and you can increase the efficiency of a type of solar concentrator. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Material tunes light for solar cells

April 20, 2009
Tune light by splitting a high-energy photon into two lower-energy photons and you can boost solar cell efficiency. [more]

RESEARCH - WIND

Controller steadies offshore wind turbines

April 20, 2009
Control the angle of wind turbine blades individually and you can smooth power flow and reduce wear-and-tear on floating wind turbines. [more]

FUNDING - BIOFUELS

DOD funds cellulosic biofuel project

April 20, 2009
The Department of Defense has awarded University of Massachusetts Amherst professor George Huber $1.9 million to develop methods of converting cellulosic biomass into fuel precursors. [more]

FUNDING - WIND

NSF funds offshore wind turbine project

April 20, 2009
The National Science Foundation has awarded David Olinger and Gretar Tryggvason of Worcester Polytechnic Institute $299,991 to simulate and model floating offshore wind turbines. [more]


Features

Q&As


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

April 16, 2009

Geo-interference

Geoengineering is rife with potential for unintended consequences. We can’t say that altering the atmosphere or ocean to try to curb or reverse global warming is a good or bad idea. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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