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"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

FUNDING - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

NSF funds graphene ultracapacitor project

June 29, 2009
The National Science Foundation has awarded $633,687 to two University of Texas researchers to develop graphene electrodes for ultracapacitors. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

See-through plastic promises solar coatings

June 29, 2009
Come up with the right plastic and you can make windows that generate electricity. [more]

RESEARCH - FUEL CELLS

Dye drives glucose fuel cell

June 29, 2009
Coat a piece of carbon felt with the right dye and you have a cheap way to make electricity from glucose. [more]

FUNDING

NSF funds catalyst durability study

June 29, 2009
The National Science Foundation has awarded $300,000 to Georgia Institute of Technology's Tom Fuller to study aging in fuel cell and battery electrodes. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Relay boosts dye solar cells

June 23, 2009
Add a second dye to a dye-sensitized solar cell, and you can boost the power output from these low-cost solar cells. [more]

RESEARCH - WIND

High-altitude wind study shows who's sitting pretty

June 16, 2009
Three of the world's largest cities -- New York, Tokyo and Seoul -- are sitting under veritable gold mines of energy. [more]

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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.

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June 26, 2009

Making energy innovation a team sport

MIT Institute Professor and former CIA Director John Deutch yesterday warned that the US needs to revamp its "innovation system" if we want to make timely progress on global warming and energy security. [more]

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