Monthly Archives: September 2014

There’s nothing quite like renewables: Natural gas production will not reduce future greenhouse gas emissions as hoped

Appropriate and useful climate policy-making requires accurate and reliable data about the future.  Nowhere is this more important than when setting carbon emission standards and projecting percentages of each energy source to match energy needs (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, etc.). … Continue reading

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A shale’s life: first life cycle assessment of shale gas used for electricity in Great Britain

An interesting article came out a few days ago in Applied Energy that is of particular importance because its directly relevant to current politics in Great Britain.  With an estimated 38 trillion cubic meters of shale gas estimated to be lurking underneath … Continue reading

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Solving the metal problem: new polymer used in organic solar cells to allow wide use of metal cathodes, improve efficiency

Organic solar cells (OSC) are an exciting next-generation option for photovoltaics.  The main advantage is that they’re cheap, easily processed using solution-based methods, which opens up many innovative applications – printable cells, even solar paint! The main issue holding OSCs back is … Continue reading

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Breaking battery convention: new study indicates fast charging not necessarily detrimental to cycling lifetimes

It’s exciting in science when a conventional view is overthrown, as this opens the way for both new perspectives on old data and new experiments to design to test new theories.  A great example of this challenging of convention appears … Continue reading

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Solving the puzzle of Greenland melting 20,000 years ago

Using a combination of experimental data taken from ice cores from the frigid glacier of Greenland and computer models of global circulation, scientists have partially solved a mystery about a lagged melting of Greenland 20,000 years ago, when the glaciers … Continue reading

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The atmosphere and what we eat: significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions predicted for high-calorie diets aligned with USDA guidelines

Dietary health and global warming: these are two major societal issues finding a lot of media time lately.  Diabetes is on the rise, with a third of the US population projected to have diabetes by 2050.  After a low-fat diet fad … Continue reading

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Hole no more: New perovskite solar cell design removes hole conducting layer to improve stability and decrease costs

More news on the perovskite solar cell front!  I’ve written a bit about these a bit in the past – they are the exciting newcomers to the photovoltaic scene.  At an early stage of development, they already show up to 17% efficiency, … Continue reading

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