University of Delaware (UD) researcher Kathryn Coyne is growing algae in her lab at UD’s Lewes campus that could help cut power plant emissions and serve as a base ingredient for biofuel. The microscopic algae Heterosigma akashiwo grows rapidly on a gas mixture that has the same carbon dioxide and nitric oxide content as emissions [...]

The two-junction solar cell has reached a new milestone with a new world record of 31.1% conversion efficiency at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).   The previous record of 30.8% efficiency was held by Alta Devices. The new record may not last long.  NREL Principal Scientist Sarah Kurtz, who leads the F-PACE project [...]

In a major effort at Harvard University scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School scientists have engineered new lines of bacteria that can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline. The new bacteria lines report has been published [...]

Chemist Joel Rosenthal University of Delaware’s (UD) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and doctoral student John DiMeglio have developed an inexpensive catalyst that uses the electricity generated from solar energy to convert carbon dioxide to the commodity precursor chemical carbon monoxide. A little background: in fuel combustion the carbon and hydrogen components of the fuel [...]

To date various research groups around the world have shown that a quantum mechanic phenomenon is connected to a highly efficient energy transport.  The photosynthetic organisms, such as plants and some bacteria, have mastered this process.  In less than a couple of trillionths of a second 95 percent of the sunlight energy they absorb is [...]

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