NuScale Power’s Small Modular Reactor Chosen as Preferred Technology by Western Initiative for Nuclear

Effectiveness, cost and safety issues will be part of upcoming Western Initiative for Nuclear (WIN) research project  concerning the deployment of small modular reactors. Read the following press announcement. Broad Coalition of Western States to Study Demonstration and Deployment of SMRs NuScale Power, LLC, announced today the launching of the Western Initiative for Nuclear (WIN) —a broad, multi-western state collaboration — to study the demonstration and deployment of a multi-module NuScale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) plant at a site like the Idaho National…

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Exotic Alloys for Potential Energy Applications

The search for thermoelectrics, exotic materials that convert heat directly into electricity, has received a boost from researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo, who have found the best way to identify them.

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Increased Trading Opportunities for Recovered Paper in Eastern Europe Attract Industry-Leading Paper Recycling Conference

Taking place in this region of opportunity, the Paper Recycling Conference Europe 2013 will build on the growth of the Paper Recycling conference series. The dynamic conference format will bring together the supply and consuming sides of the paper and paper recycling industry to create an active dialogue and generate unrivalled trading opportunities for attendees.

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Aluminium Die Casting Can Also Be Green

One of the main parts of making sure that a material is green is where and how it is sourced. The key is to make sure that suppliers are ethical and committed to reducing the impact that they, as a company, have on the environment, as well as the local community. Issues such as pollution and waste are closely monitored.

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A Battery Made of Wood?

But don’t try it at home yet– the components in the battery tested by scientists at the University of Maryland are a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Using sodium instead of lithium, as many rechargeable batteries do, makes the battery environmentally benign. Sodium doesn’t store energy as efficiently as lithium, so you won’t see this battery in your cell phone — instead, its low cost and common materials would make it ideal to store huge amounts of energy at once – such as solar energy at a power plant.

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Enphase Energy Announces New Commercial Solar Initiative in Europe

“Commercial solar projects are becoming more widespread in Europe. In France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland and United Kingdom, small commercial systems up to 100kW represent a fast-growing, addressable market for our microinverters,” said Olivier Jacques, Managing Director for Enphase Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Enphase offers installers and users a technology solution with a modular architecture, integrated intelligence, lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and increased project profitability.”

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US Forest Management Policy Must Evolve to Meet Bioenergy Targets

“In a lot of environmental and natural resources law in the U.S., the primary role lies with the states to manage private land. But we also have national-level problems, like climate change, biodiversity and water-quality issues, which span jurisdictions. In other words, ecosystem services are not confined to a single state’s jurisdiction. So we have this crazy-quilt system in the U.S. that needs to be untangled.”

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GLOBAL GREEN USA ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT AT CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO BRING SOLAR POWER TO COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Speaking to a global audience at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, Global Green USA today announced its Commitment to Action to implement its catalytic ‘Solar For Sandy’ program, which will equip five or more community facilities serving low income residents in New York and New Jersey neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy with grid-tied, back-up solar energy systems. Global Green’s first, full-scale ‘Solar for Sandy’ project installation will take place this Fall in Red Hook, NY, in collaboration with IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishings retailer.

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Papaya-Clay Combo Could Cut Water Purification Costs in Developing Countries

Emmanuel Unuabonah and colleagues explain that almost 1 billion people in developing countries lack access to reliable supplies of clean water for drinking, cooking and other key uses. One health problem resulting from that shortage involves exposure to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, released from industrial sources into the water. Technology exists for removing those metals from drinking water, but often is too costly in developing countries. So these scientists looked for a more affordable and sustainable water treatment adsorbent.

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EBI Study Says Biofuels Will Play Integral Role in California’s Energy Future

The biofuels paper, according to lead author Youngs, a Senior Fellow at the EBI, addressed six scenarios of varied supply and demand options. They illustrate that the degree to which biofuels may help California meet its emissions goals depends upon how future demand for fuels rises or falls and what technologies are developed. Other factors include energy crop availability, investment decisions, public acceptance, and competing demands for renewable energy resources.

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How Do You Feed 9 Billion People?

In a paper appearing in Nature Climate Change, members of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project unveiled an all-encompassing modeling system that integrates multiple crop simulations with improved climate change models. AgMIP’s effort has produced new knowledge that better predicts global wheat yields while reducing political and socio-economic influences that can skew data and planning efforts, said Bruno Basso, Michigan State University ecosystem scientist and AgMIP member.

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Wind Energy Evolution

Schmitz, an Iowa State graduate student of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and Sri Sritharan, Iowa State’s Wilson Engineering Professor and leader of the ‘s College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative, were trying to answer some basic questions about using concrete panels and columns to build wind turbine towers using prefabricated, easily transportable components.

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