Public Release: 31-Aug-2015
Energy Efficiency Gaming computers offer huge, untapped energy savings potential
In the world of computer gaming, bragging rights are accorded to those who can boast of blazing-fast graphics cards, the most powerful processors, the highest-resolution monitors, and the coolest decorative lighting. They are not bestowed upon those crowing about the energy efficiency of their system. If they were, gaming computers worldwide might well be consuming billions of dollars less in electricity use annually, with no loss in performance, according to new research from Berkeley Lab.
Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Science Express Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products
Berkeley Lab researchers have incorporated molecules of porphyrin CO2 catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to create a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to CO, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products.
Public Release: 25-Aug-2015 NREL helps federal agencies reach new efficiency targets
When it comes to energy use, what the federal government wants is more of less. That means fewer greenhouse gases, fewer buildings powered solely by electricity generated from fossil fuels, and fewer gas-guzzling fleets on the road.
Public Release: 25-Aug-2015 NREL leads effort to get traffic moving in right direction
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will serve as the lead organization in developing a tool travelers and transportation officials can use in helping guide people through a city in the most energy-efficient way possible.
Public Release: 25-Aug-2015 IT industry's renewable energy procurement is significant, set to climb
The percentage of renewable electricity purchased by US companies in the information and communication technology sector is growing and will likely increase significantly by the start of the next decade, according to a first-ever analysis by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Another milestone in hybrid artificial photosynthesis
Berkeley Lab researchers using a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have combined semiconducting nanowires with select microbes to create a system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane, the primary constituent of natural gas.
Public Release: 24-Aug-2015 Argonne pushing boundaries of computing in engine simulations
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative that will harness 60 million computer core hours to reduce those uncertainties and pave the way to more effective engine simulations.
US Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technologies
Public Release: 20-Aug-2015 New arena of power generation set in motion with MOU
Sandia National Laboratories and eight other companies and research organizations will collaborate to advance a distributed power system that can produce cleaner, more efficient electricity.
Public Release: 19-Aug-2015 PNNL to tackle future grid challenges through new facility, capabilities
PNNL researchers and industry are now better equipped to tackle top challenges in grid modernization and buildings efficiency with the dedication today of the new Systems Engineering Building. The facility links real-time grid data, software platforms, specialized laboratories and advanced computing resources for the design and demonstration of new tools to modernize the grid and increase buildings energy efficiency.
Public Release: 17-Aug-2015
Nature Methods Major innovation in molecular imaging delivers spatial and spectral info simultaneously
Using physical chemistry methods to look at biology at the nanoscale, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researcher has invented a new technology to image single molecules with unprecedented spectral and spatial resolution, thus leading to the first 'true-color' super-resolution microscope.
Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
Nature Communications Surprising discoveries about 2-D molybdenum disulfide
Working at the Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab researchers used their 'Campanile' nano-optical probe to make some surprising discoveries about molybdenum disulfide, a member of the transition metal dichalcogenides semiconductor family whose optoelectronic properties hold great promise for future nanoelectronic and photonic devices.
US Department of Energy Office of Science
Public Release: 13-Aug-2015 Sandia teams with industry to improve human-data interaction
Sandia National Laboratories and EyeTracking Inc. are researching computer information systems to make national security analysts better at getting meaningful information from large data sets coming in quickly in high-stress environments.
Public Release: 11-Aug-2015 Ethylene production via sunlight opens door to future
Here's the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it. 'We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and C02 and then produce ethylene or ethylene derivatives,' said Yu, a research scientist in the Photobiology Group at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
US Dept of Energy
Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Nature Nanotechnology New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities
A microscope being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface.
Public Release: 7-Aug-2015
Journal of the American Chemical Society Copper clusters capture and convert carbon dioxide to make fuel
The chemical reactions that make methanol from carbon dioxide rely on a catalyst to speed up the conversion, and Argonne scientists identified a new material that could fill this role. With its unique structure, this catalyst can capture and convert carbon dioxide in a way that ultimately saves energy.
DOE/Office of Basic Energy Sciences
Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting Power grid forecasting tool reduces costly errors
PNNL has developed a new tool to forecast for future energy needs that is up to 50 percent more accurate than several commonly used industry tools, showing potential to save millions in wasted electricity. The advancement was selected a 'best paper' at the IEEE Power & Energy general meeting this week.
Public Release: 5-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Two spin liquids square off in an iron-based superconductor
A study conducted by researchers at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge national laboratories describes how an iron-telluride material related to a family of high-temperature superconductors develops superconductivity with no long-range electronic or magnetic order. In fact, the material displays a liquid-like magnetic state consisting of two coexisting and competing disordered magnetic phases. The results challenge a number of widely accepted paradigms into how unconventional superconductors work.
DOE Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences
Public Release: 3-Aug-2015 Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2015
This tip sheet includes: intelligent agent-based software to be showcased at Smithsonian; Supercomputer speeding design, deployment of lightweight powertrain materials; ORNL process produces hydrogen from switchgrass; Sampling probe system identifies bioactive compounds in fungi and ORNL technique could accelerate advances in materials science.
Public Release: 29-Jul-2015
Nature Nanotechnology Meet the high-performance single-molecule diode
Researchers from Berkeley Lab and Columbia University have created the world's highest-performance single-molecule diode. Development of a functional single-molecule diode is a major pursuit of the electronics industry.
US Department of Energy Office of Science, National Science Foundation
Public Release: 28-Jul-2015
Nature Photonics Short wavelength plasmons observed in nanotubes
Working at the Advanced Light Source, Berkeley Lab researchers have observed 'Luttinger-liquid' plasmons in metallic single-walled nanotubes. This holds great promise for novel plasmonic and nanophotonic devices over a broad frequency range, including telecom wavelengths.
US Department of Energy Office of Science
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