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Hello Tom,


With the US Dept. of Transportation, in cooperation with the US EPA and DOE, releasing a “Draft Environmental Impact Statement” of 500 pages, the White House admits there will be a four (4) degree C increase in temperature and a doubling of the CO2 (to 800 ppm) by 2100 but only an 8 billion ton increase in atmospheric carbon with the new fuel standards by 2100. The strategy apparently puts the blame on the whole world and its need to make enormous cuts in emissions to avert catastrophic warming but that “would require substantial increases in technology innovation and adoption compared to today’s levels and would require the economy and the vehicle fleet to move away from the use of fossil fuels, which is not currently technologically feasible or economically practicable.” (Sections and Such nihilism is a new future energy twist for the administration at the same time that the Washington Post reports that the Esieh Lake (20 football fields) in Alaska is outgassing as if it is “boiling,” with large bubbles “some as big as grapefruits” of a large amount of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, “that could pose a significant threat if lakes like this one turn out to be common.


On a positive note, the IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School is offering free room and board with reimbursement for transportation June 2-7, 2019. The Magnetics Society Summer School is held annually during (northern hemisphere) summer holidays. The school is designed for about 85 graduate students from all parts of the world studying magnetism and related areas. It consists of lectures by international experts and includes poster presentations by participating graduate students. The program covers fundamentals and advanced topics in magnetism. Click here for The online application


Our first Story offers great promise for the future of energy production since researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have claimed to reach 85 percent efficiency for the conversion of solar energy by adding gold nanoparticles on the surface of solar panels and a layer of gold on the other side of a 30 nm layer of titanium dioxide. This technique has created a light trap which increases the light conversion efficiency 11 times compared to the PV panels on the market today.


Story #2 adds one more car manufacturer to the electric vehicle list with Audi’s mass production of all-electric SUVs. Unveiled in Germany and this month in San Francisco CA, the 5-seater e-tron SUV will have a 310 mile (500 km) range, which is quite impressive, along with a fast charge capability. Sales of the Volkswagen owned product line are expected by the end of this year.


 Story #3 offers a new look at the electric clothes of the future. Improving on a dress that has 72 flexible solar cells on the front designed by Van Dongen “Wearable Solar”, a Japanese researcher at the University of Tokyo has developed a water resistant version that is integrated into the clothing. It was reported in Nature Energy scientific journal.


Story #4 recalls our Future Energy eNews from Jan. 7 2006 that described the simple electrodes needed out in nature to generate electricity from a tree. Now the AIP Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy reports the results of a study on the size of the electrodes as a key factor to determine the voltage of tree-based electricity, which is exciting for those DIY energy folks who like to keep things simple.


Story #5 is the result of a postdoc researcher who has found that a large scale wind and solar farming of the Sahara Desert will have additional benefits. The study, reported in the journal Science, is among the first to model the climate effects of wind and solar installations while taking into account how vegetation responds to changes in heat and precipitation. This has shown to result in an increase of rain and vegetation for the area, which could reverse the 10,000 year old trend toward desertification.




Tom Valone, PhD



1) 85% Solar Power Efficiency using Gold Nanoparticles



Solar energy has enormous potential to power our future. Each hour, the sun sends more energy to the Earth than we use during an entire year. The challenge has always been to convert the energy from the sun into electricity. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on most residential homes are about 15% efficient. The newest commercial PV designs are reaching 20 to 25 percent, while expensive military and space application PV cells can reach 30 percent efficiency or slightly higher. So when researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan claimed to reach 85 percent efficiency for the conversion of solar energy, people took notice


2) Audi Starts Mass Production of All Electric SUVs



Audi began production of its first all-electric SUV on Monday, three years after the German automaker unveiled a concept version of the vehicle at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The company won’t reveal the production-version of the Audi e-tron SUV until Sept. 17, in a what promises to be a splashy event in San Francisco. Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, has been working towards mass production of the e-tron quattro for years now, offering periodic updates and teasers on the pricing, range, and interior design. The Audi e-tron is being produced at Audi’s factory in Brussels, which has been undergoing an extensive renovation since 2016 to prepare for the new vehicle. The Brussels factor has become the cornerstone of Volkswagen Group’s electric vehicle plans.


3) Solar Cells that can be Weaved into Wearables that are Water-resistant


To bring the sun’s power to wearables requires a new kind of solar cell, one that’s lightweight and water-resistant. As researchers at the University of Tokyo and Japan’s RIKEN research institute describe Monday in the scientific journal Nature Energy, their newly created cell could be just what’s needed.

“Our devices will be able to be integrated onto the clothing, attached onto the shoulders or backsides, or onto our hats,” RIKEN researcher Kenjiro Fukuda tells Inverse. “And these power sources can supply enough electrical powers to [Internet of Things] devices such as sensors, or maybe iPhone or smartphone systems to supply charge to the smart devices.”




4) Effects of Electrode Size on the Voltage of Tree-Based Energy Generator



Trees can generate energy

A standing tree and its surrounding soil form a sustainable energy generator, which is expected to decrease the need for in-the-field battery changes of low-power sensors used in forests, thereby enhancing forest monitoring technologies. Although various tree-powered circuits and sensors have already been invented, the low voltage of such a generator still causes great difficulty in energy harvesting and utilization. Hence, a key issue that must be addressed is the increasing voltage level. A larger electrode may generate a higher voltage level.



5) Large Wind & Solar Farms in Sahara would Increase Rain, Heat and Vegetation


Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat, humidity and other factors that may be beneficial—or detrimental—to the regions in which they are situated. A new climate-modeling study finds that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert and neighboring Sahel would increase local temperature, precipitation and vegetation. Overall, the researchers report, the effects would likely benefit the region.

The study, reported in the journal Science, is among the first to model the climate effects of wind and solar installations while taking into account how vegetation responds to changes in heat and precipitation, said lead author Yan Li, a postdoctoral researcher in natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois




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