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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

Process promises fuel from water and CO2

June 1, 2009
Use electricity to turn water and carbon dioxide into hydrogen and carbon monoxide, and you open a route to making renewable liquid fuels. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Strained nanowires promise cheaper solar cells

June 1, 2009
Put nanowires under strain and you've got a way to lower the cost of silicon solar cells. [more]

FUNDING

Stimulus money boosts solar, geothermal R&D

June 1, 2009
The Obama administration announced that it will provide $467 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to support geothermal and solar energy projects... [more]

LAB NOTE

NREL, Dutch lab to collaborate

June 1, 2009
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to share information and conduct joint research and development. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Artificial photosynthesis gets more sun

May 26, 2009
Build a molecule that mimics the light-absorbing mechanisms of plants and you can harvest energy from much of the solar spectrum. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Sulfur promises super batteries

May 19, 2009
Melt sulfur into nanoscale holes in porous carbon and you can dramatically increase lithium-ion battery capacity. [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

May 21, 2009

Personalized energy

Call it the Jeffersonian energy model. MIT chemistry professor Daniel Nocera's "personalized energy" plan has every home generating its own electricity and fuel from sunlight, and has power plants, transmission lines and gas stations fading into history. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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