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Rice University: the impact of biofuel on water resources

Rice University researchers caution against the potential damage of biofuel development to water resources. The report found that it takes an estimated 50 gallons of water to produce enough irrigated-corn ethanol in Nebraska to fuel an average car for one mile.

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Southwest Nano Consortium formed

Nanotechnology stakeholders in five states in the Southwest United States are forming the Southwest Nano Consortium. The consortium will pool resources to highlight nanotechnology activity in the region, encourage collaborative ventures, and host internationally-recognized events.

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SNRL studying solar cell coatings

The US Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is studying the applicability of solar cell coatings. It is studying how special coatings that mimic structures found in nature can increase the usefulness of solar energy.

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Waste oil for biofuel trial at Catterick Garrison

Carillon has launched a six-month biofuel trial at Catterick Garrison. The trial will take waste cooking oil from the army site’s 38 on-site kitchens and canteens and convert it into fuel.

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U of Malta sets up Electrical Energy and Efficiency Lab

The University of Malta is setting up an Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory. The Department of Industrial Electric Power Conversion, which is within the University’s Faculty of Engineering, will be benefiting under the project.

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Cutting GHGs will boost Northern Ireland economy

According to a research group at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland’s economy can be boosted by over £12 billion if greenhouse gases are cut.

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Iran Engineers studying energy of wind power

Engineers at Iran University of Science & Technology are studying the “exergy” of wind power. Exergy analysis looks at the "quality" of the energy produced by a system.

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“Electronic glue” for less expensive semiconductors

Researchers at the University of Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory believe that the new “electronic glue” they developed can be used in solar cells and thermoelectric devices to convert sun or waste heat into energy.

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Wind speed declining in the United States

Researchers find that wind speeds are declining in the United States. According to Iowa State University researchers, declining wind speeds in parts of the United States could have an impact on climate as well as on the wind power industry.

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Purdue engineers develop energy-saving method

Purdue engineers have developed an energy-saving method that checks refrigerant levels in air conditioners. The method works by using sensors to monitor the temperature of the refrigerant at various points.

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