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Key genes for increasing oil content in plant leaves have been identified

By Maja Bosanac
20 October 2013

plant-leaves-oil-1A group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has identified the key genes involved in oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and vegetative plant tissues. Increased expression of these genes resulted in increased oil content in leaves – plant’s most abundant source of biomass. This finding could help increase… »

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Bioreactive façade with algae filled panels

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments22 April 2013

biofacade-1The SSC GmbH conducts extensive research since the beginning of 2008 to the development of processes and systems through to large-scale cultivation of microalgae. The technology was tested at a pilot plant in Hamburg Reitbrook back in 2008in collaboration with various colleges and universities in North Germany as part of the interdisciplinary R&D project TERM… »


Green architecture – Cooper Vineyards Tasting Room

By Damir Beciri
One Comment23 July 2012

cooper-vineyards-tasting-room-1Owners of the Cooper Vineyards in Louisa County believed that there was no better place than a vineyard and winery to design and build a “green building” where the goal of the entire operation is to transform sunlight into wine. Winery’s tasting room that officially opened in 2011 has been awarded with LEED Platinum certification… »


Norway getting a plant that turns organic waste into biogas and biofertilizer

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments19 March 2012

banana-peelOrganic waste such as banana peel, coffee grounds and other food waste, will be processed in a new plant in Norway which transforms it into biogas that can be used to power Oslo’s city buses. The new plant designed to perform that task will be located north of Oslo and it should be in operation… »


Pyrite could be used to generate solar power after all

By Damir Beciri
One Comment29 November 2011

pyriteAlthough it has been referred as “fool’s gold” throughout the history, dating to times of ancient Rome and tricking prospectors for centuries, yellow-toned mineral pyrite found its use as an inexpensive and promising option for solar energy. Oregon State University (OSU) researchers discovered related compounds that use the advantages of the material without the downsides… »


Smart Solar International develops cheaper sun-chasing solar panels

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments4 June 2011

japan-solar-tracking-solar-panelsUnlike the heliotropic technology from MIT which uses difference in temperature to turn the photovoltaic panels in the right direction, a group of researchers from Japan developed moving mirrors that follow the sun throughout the day. The developers from Smart Solar International claim that devices can generate twice the electricity compared to other currently available… »