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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


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RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Cheaper cellulosic ethanol on tap

January 26, 2009
Use a genetically engineered yeast to break down agricultural waste but leave out the nutrient supplements and some pretreatment steps, and you have a potentially inexpensive source of ethanol. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES AND CAPACITORS

Silicon nanowires boost batteries

January 26, 2009
Coat crystalline silicon nanowires with amorphous silicon and you have highly efficient electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES AND CAPACITORS

Nano tin electrodes beat graphite

January 26, 2009
Shape tin oxide into the right nanostructures and you have inexpensive, high-capacity electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. [more]

FUNDING - WIND

DOE lines up $6m for wind

January 26, 2009
The US Department of Energy has announced that up to $6 million is available over the next two fiscal years for research into wind energy generation. [more]

FUNDING - HYDROGEN

DOE seeks input on hydrogen storage

January 26, 2009
The US Department of Energy is looking for comments on the next generation of Centers of Excellence in the department's hydrogen storage materials program. [more]

FUNDING - BATTERIES AND CAPACITORS

GM funds battery research lab

January 26, 2009
General Motors has funded a research lab for vehicle batteries at the University of Michigan. The lab, the GM/U-M Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains, was launched with a five-year $5 million award from the carmaker.

RESEARCH - HYDROGEN

Aluminum's shape key to making hydrogen

January 23, 2009
Put the right number of atoms in nanoscale specks of aluminum and you're a step closer to being able to cheaply produce hydrogen from water on-the-fly. [more]

LAB NOTE

Stanford launches energy research institute

January 13, 2009
Stanford University yesterday launched a $100 million institute dedicated to energy research. [more]

SPECIAL REPORT

Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

January 13, 2009
The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure. [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

January 23, 2009

Sweeping the streets clean

OK, so how do we get several hundred million carbon-spewing vehicles off the road in time to significantly slow global warming? [more]

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

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