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Saturday 19 August 2017
19 August 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Research

Fueling the future with renewable gasoline and diesel

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20, 2012 — A new process for converting municipal waste, algae, corn stalks and similar material to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel is showing the same promise in larger plants as it did in laboratory-scale devices, the developers reported at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Research

Synthesising nanocrystals to harvest solar energy

One reason that solar energy has not been widely adopted is because light absorbing materials are not durable. Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability to compete with other renewable energy sources like wind or hydroelectric generators. A new video protocol addresses these issues by presenting a synthesis of two inorganic nanocrystals, each of which is more durable than their organic counterparts.

Marine

Marine energy potential to meet 10% of UK electricity demand

The UK could capture 15% of the global marine renewable energy sector by 2050, worth up to £4bn to the economy. Successfully harnessing this energy has the potential to deliver over 10% of the UK's forecast electricity needs in 2050 whilst helping to meet our greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy targets and reducing reliance on gas imports.

Marine

South coast announced as next area for marine planning

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that the coast and seas from Dover to the River Dart in Devon will be the second area in England to benefit from marine planning (areas 6 inshore and 7 offshore - see map). Marine plans will inform and guide marine users and regulators, managing the sustainable development of marine industries (including offshore renewable energy) alongside the need to conserve and protect marine species and habitats and recognise leisure uses too.


Research

Extracting nuclear fuel from seawater

When you take a dip in the ocean, nuclear fuel is probably the farthest thing from your mind. Uranium floats in Earth's oceans in trace amounts of just 3 parts per billion, but it adds up. Combined, our oceans hold up to 4.5 billion tons of uranium – enough to potentially fuel the world's nuclear power plants for 6,500 years.

Renewable Energy

Prime Minister orders review of Severn Barrage proposal

David Cameron has asked ministers to review a proposal for a £30bn project to build a giant tidal barrage across the Severn Estuary, which would create more than 20,000 jobs and boost the country's renewable energy supply. The scheme is being promoted by Peter Hain, the veteran Labour MP, who stood down as Shadow Welsh Secretary earlier this year to lobby for the development.

Renewable Energy

Offshore wind could save £89bn of UK energy bill

Offshore wind has tremendous potential to replace ageing power plant, save up to £89bn of the UK's energy bill and take a large share of a global £1,000bn market by 2050. As well as reducing reliance on imported gas and meeting greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy targets, offshore wind could offer business opportunities of up to £35bn to UK companies.

Research

Extreme floods and drought forecast for South Pacific

South Pacific countries will experience more extreme floods and droughts because of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, a report predicts.