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Glowing crystals can cleanse contaminated drinking water

Glowing crystals can cleanse contaminated drinking water
Glowing crystals designed to detect and capture heavy-metal toxins such as lead and mercury could prove to be a powerful tool in locating and cleaning up contaminated water sources. Motivated by publicised cases in which high levels of heavy metals were found in drinking water in Flint, Mich., and Newark, N.J., a science team led by researchers at Rutgers University used intense X-rays at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to probe the structure of the crystals and learn how they bind to heavy metals.
30th November 2016

A new way to image solar cells in 3D

A new way to image solar cells in 3D
Next-generation solar cells made of super-thin films of semiconducting material hold promise because they're relatively inexpensive and flexible enough to be applied just about anywhere. Researchers are working to dramatically increase the efficiency at which thin-film solar cells convert sunlight to electricity. But it's a tough challenge, partly because a solar cell's subsurface realm—where much of the energy-conversion action happens—is inaccessible to real-time, nondestructive imaging.
16th November 2016

Annual wind power market report confirms low wind energy prices

Wind energy pricing remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the US Department of Energy and prepared by the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Prices offered by newly built wind projects are averaging around 2¢/kWh, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.
18th August 2016


CO2 consolidates biofuel production process

CO2 consolidates biofuel production process
Carbon dioxide has emerged as a secret ingredient in the recipe for making ethanol, and that addition represents a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process. The innovation comes from researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).
21st July 2016

Thermionic energy conversion offers clean power generation

Thermionic energy conversion offers clean power generation
When scientists Daniel Riley and Jared Schwede left Stanford University last year to join Cyclotron Road, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) program for entrepreneurial researchers, their vision was to take thermionics, an all-but-forgotten technology, and develop it into a clean, compact, and efficient source of power.
1st March 2016

Reducing plant lignin could lead to cheaper biofuels

Reducing plant lignin could lead to cheaper biofuels
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown for the first time that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. Their technique could help lower the cost of converting biomass into carbon-neutral fuels to power your car and other sustainably developed bio-products. Lignin is a polymer that's important to a plant's health and structure. But lignin also permeates plant cell walls and surrounds the sugars trapped inside.
24th February 2016

Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change

Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change
The past century has seen a 0.8°C (1.4°F) increase in average global temperature and according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities.
21st January 2016


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