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Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings

Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings
With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming. The results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air becoming warmer. This helps to curb the outflow of greenhouse gases (GHGs). How often is water warmer than air? Gesa Weyhenmeyer, Professor of Aquatic Biogeochemistry at Uppsala University, asked herself this question when she analysed thousands of measurements.
9th March 2017

Field gas analyser measures up to six gases concurrently

Field gas analyser measures up to six gases concurrently
Biogas is a renewable energy source created during anaerobic digestion. This occurs when the organic materials naturally break down in the absence of oxygen. The gas is formed from the digestion of waste materials such as manure, sewage sludge and other biomass substrates such as crop and food production waste. Controlling waste disposal, methane production and usage is vital to ensure the continuity benefits for the environment.
24th February 2017

Predictor forecasts energy use a decade in advance

Predictor forecasts energy use a decade in advance
  A researcher has developed a forecasting tool which can predict an individual’s or an entire city’s energy needs ten years in advance to enhance the way planners achieve environmental targets and help those in fuel-poverty understand their future needs.
20th January 2017


Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture

Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture
The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere, that tiny amount plays a crucial role in everything from agriculture to weather and climate, and even the spread of disease.
17th January 2017

Open source planning tool for the energy turnaround

Open source planning tool for the energy turnaround
How much electricity flows through the grid? When and where? Where are the bottlenecks? What happens when wind turbines and solar cells feed in additional energy? The answer to these questions are essential for the global energy turnaround. However, for a valid planning, one first needs a solid understanding of the infrastructure. 
6th December 2016

Oxygen gas analyser offers more accurate trace oxygen measurement

Oxygen gas analyser offers more accurate trace oxygen measurement
  Cambridge Sensotec specialises in the design and manufacture of gas analysis equipment under the Rapidox brand name.
30th November 2016

Smart buoy for measuring water pollutants

Smart buoy for measuring water pollutants
All over the world, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are threatened by high nutrient inputs. Nitrate or phosphates from waste-waters or fertilisers causes eutrophication. The consequence: Algae, in particular cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), grow uncontrollably and may release toxic substances.
8th September 2016

Solar thermal power system undergoes verification testing

Solar thermal power system undergoes verification testing
Verification testing of the sunlight and thermal energy collecting performance of a unique solar thermal power system has been launched by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems at dedicated facilities newly completed within its Yokohama Works. The testing will be conducted through March 2017 under contract from the Ministry of the Environment as a FY2016 project under its "Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program."
4th August 2016

Light-trapping 3D solar cells undergo space testing

Light-trapping 3D solar cells undergo space testing
A novel 3D solar cell design developed at Georgia Tech will soon get its first testing in space aboard the International Space Station. An experimental module containing 18 test cells was launched to the ISS, and will be installed on the exterior of the station to study the cells’ performance and their ability to withstand the rigors of space. In addition to testing the 3D format, the module will also study a low-cost copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (CZTS) solar cell formulation.
19th July 2016

Measuring greenhouse gases from space

Measuring greenhouse gases from space
Space agencies examine the extent of greenhouse gases in the air via prisms and gratings in satellites. The latest technology now makes it possible to connect both components with each other so that they are suitable for space thus achieving a new level of quality for spectral resolution. In addition to industrial CO2 emissions, agriculture also contributes significantly to climate change: above all methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), which are released in large quantities due to livestock and fertilisation.
22nd June 2016


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RWM 2017
12th September 2017
United Kingdom NEC, Birmingham