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SunShot Catalyst Program | Department of Energy

SunShot Catalyst Program | Department of Energy | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
SunShot Catalyst is an open innovation program that aims to catalyze the rapid creation and development of products and solutions that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace. Through a series of prize challenges, SunShot Catalyst makes it faster and easier for American innovators to launch cutting-edge solar companies, while tackling time-sensitive market challenges. Similar to SunShot Initiative Incubator program for solar start-ups.
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Air pollution costs Europe $1.6tn a year in early deaths and disease, say WHO

Air pollution costs Europe $1.6tn a year in early deaths and disease, say WHO | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Costs of dirty air are equivalent to about a tenth of Europe’s GDP, with Germany, UK and Italy among the hardest hit economically
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New method to harvest hydrogen fuel from Sun

New method to harvest hydrogen fuel from Sun | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new and efficient method of producing hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water.
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Solar cell powers water-to-hydrogen conversion | Science News

Solar cell powers water-to-hydrogen conversion | Science News | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
High efficiency could make perovskite solar cells useful for generating environmentally friendly fuel.
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Could moly sulfide be the key to cheaper hydrogen production? | GizMag.com

Could moly sulfide be the key to cheaper hydrogen production? | GizMag.com | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Chemical engineers have found a 30-year-old recipe that stands to make future hydrogen production cheaper and greener. The recipe has led researchers to a way to liberate hydrogen from water via electrolysis using molybdenum sulfide – moly sulfide for short – as the catalyst in place of the expensive metal platinum.

 

While hydrogen is relatively abundant here on Earth, it is generally bound to either carbon or oxygen to form methane and water respectively. Producing hydrogen currently involves liberating it from methane at a cost of between US$1 and $2 per kilogram. And the world’s hunger for hydrogen continues to grow, currently we consume 55 billion kilograms of the element per year, making freeing it from methane or water big business. And with numerous automakers dipping their tires in the hydrogen fuel waters, it's set to get much bigger.

 

The other side of the equation is the by-product of production. When hydrogen is freed from methane the waste product is carbon, which is released into the atmosphere furthering climate change. Producing hydrogen from water on the other hand produces oxygen as waste.

 

The limiting factor to getting hydrogen from water in the past has been the expense of electrolysis, the process were hydrogen atoms are liberated from their bond with oxygen in water by passing an electrical current through an electrode immersed in the water. The main expense in this process was the use of platinum as the electrode. The efficiency of platinum to catalyze the breaking of hydrogen-oxygen bonds in water to free the hydrogen until now has been unmatched.

 

Enter moly sulfide. Since World War II, moly sulfide has been used by petroleum engineers in the refinement of oil. It was thought to be inefficient for the electrolysis of hydrogen from water due to the molecular structure at its surface.

 

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Hemp As A Bio-Fuel Is One Step Closer To Reality

Hemp As A Bio-Fuel Is One Step Closer To Reality | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Industrial hemp can produce bio-fuel that is superior. As we become more energy dependent, industrial hemp once again takes on the role of the giving tree.
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Nuclear startups reimagine atomic energy

Nuclear startups reimagine atomic energy | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Two startups from MIT hoping to revive the nuclear power industry with technologies that aim to solve issues that have bedeviled nuclear power for decades: safety, cost, and radioactive waste.
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How can large-scale solar power reduce pressure on farm land?

How can large-scale solar power reduce pressure on farm land? | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Utility-scale solar power requires a lot of land. But there are ways to work around that problem.
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Sustainable: Energy-modeling software

Sustainable: Energy-modeling software | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Dubbed the Minnesota Energy Efficiency Optimizer, the cloud-based software offers energy modeling to architects and builders looking for different energy-efficiency scenarios for buildings of 5,000 square feet or more. Rather than focus only on energy rebates, the software offers an analysis of an entire building and guidance on decisions regarding heating, cooling, windows and other equipment and materials.

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Renewable Energy has Always Been Favorable, but Reasons Keep Changing

Renewable Energy has Always Been Favorable, but Reasons Keep Changing | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Renewable Energy Needs Permanent Public Interest and Funding According to research don’t by a think tank in Europe, renewable energy technologies have alwa
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Students Discover Method for Developing Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Students Discover Method for Developing Clean Hydrogen Fuel | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
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A pair of Rutgers University–Camden students has found a new family of functional materials for the production of clean hydrogen fuel through photocatalysis, a process that uses sunlight or ultraviolet light to drive chemical reactions.

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Athletes to use hydrogen fuel vehicles at 2020 Olympics

Hydrogen fuel has become quite popular in Japan, having established a relatively strong foothold in the past. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster increased
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As nuclear power dies, solar rises

As nuclear power dies, solar rises | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Denis Hayes and Scott Denman say on this Earth Day, we celebrate the true dawn of the Solar Age and decline of the Atomic Age of nuclear power
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Mystery of the super-heated solar corona solved

Mystery of the super-heated solar corona solved | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Scientists in Indiana have revealed a new theory for the solar corona mystery.
Millions of mini explosions called nanoflares are taking place on the sun (shown) every second and heating it.
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UK installed more solar power than any other European country in 2014

UK installed more solar power than any other European country in 2014 | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen: But solar trade body warns that installation rates across the continent have fallen sharply as governments cut subsidies

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It is good that the UK has achieved this but they need to play catch up in order to get ahead. More work is still needed to be done.

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A Spoonful of This New Material Can Suck Up a Whole Roomful of Oxygen

A Spoonful of This New Material Can Suck Up a Whole Roomful of Oxygen | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
A team of scientists in Denmark just invented a crystalline material that can absorb oxygen with astounding efficiency. How astounding? Well, a single spoonful of the stuff can suck all of the oxygen out of a room. The best part is that it can release it again with just a little bit of heat. Say goodbye to bulky oxygen tanks.
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NASA-Funded Rocket Has Six Minutes to Study Solar Heating

NASA-Funded Rocket Has Six Minutes to Study Solar Heating | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket will fly up into the sky -- past Earth's atmosphere that obscures certain wavelengths of light from the sun -- for a 15-minute journey to study what heats up the sun's atmosphere.
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Is This New Fuel Cell Catalyst a Game Changer for Hydrogen Vehicles?

Is This New Fuel Cell Catalyst a Game Changer for Hydrogen Vehicles? | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Fuel cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, may have just taken a giant step closer to widespread adoption. Why? Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have jointly developed a new type of fuel cell catalyst that has more than 30 times the catalytic activity than conventional 

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Spain communities are turning to collectives and group funded renewable energy projects to turn to renewable resources.
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A Call for Countries & Companies to Support a Price on Carbon

A Call for Countries & Companies to Support a Price on Carbon | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Through a statement of support to be launched at the UN Climate Summit, countries and companies could work to strengthen carbon pricing policies and implementation.
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Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The Hydro-Electric Barrel is a spinning water wheel that floats on the water surface and turns in the current.
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These Wind Turbines Will Blow You Away

These Wind Turbines Will Blow You Away | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Michael Jordan used to say that talent won games but teamwork and intelligence won championships. He had the Chicago Bulls in mind, but he could have been talking about wind turbines. When wind turbines harness breeze, they let out ...
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Wind Energy is a Key Wedge in the Fight Against Global Warming

Wind Energy is a Key Wedge in the Fight Against Global Warming | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Wind farms reduce green house gas emissions in the overall electrical grid on close to a 1:1 basis. Typical grids produce 800 g of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per KWh generated by their mixes of fossil, nuclear and renewable generation, and wind energy displaces virtually all of that. It's difficult to imagine the mindset in which one would assert that black is white and that wind energy actually increases greenhouse gas emissions or does not reduce them

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Back to the future: are we about to crack energy fusion?

Back to the future: are we about to crack energy fusion? | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Limitless renewable energy from nuclear fusion has been "30 years away" for several decades, but now experts believe they're finally closing in on a self-sustaining reaction
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17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World

17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World | Global Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
From space-based solar panels to micro-nuclear reactors.
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