STOCKHOLM (AP) — An invention that promises to revolutionize the way the world lights its homes and offices — and already helps create the glowing screens of mobile phones, computers and TVs— earned a Nobel Prize on Tuesday for two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American.
By inventing a new kind of light-emitting diode, or LED, they overcame a crucial roadblock for creating white light far more efficiently than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Now LEDs are pervasive and experts say their use will only grow.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says the invention is just 20 years old, "but it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all."
Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters Tuesday that his company plans an initial investment in Tesla’s battery gigafactory that runs to tens of billions of yen, the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The land use plan for the California desert announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, which balances renewable energy proposals with conservation measures and runs to some 8,000 pages, will be the subject of discussion at ten public hearings in the coming weeks, while the public comment period on the proposal runs into January, The Press Enterprise reports.
Concerned about the slow take-up of electric vehicles, the CEOs of Daimler and Renault, speaking at the Paris Auto Show Friday, said the industry needs to unite around new technology, and Toyota’s push into hydrogen fuel cell power complicates the landscape too much, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Researchers at Ohio State University – writing in the journal Nature Communications -- claim to have developed the world’s first solar battery that’s rechargeable, and integrated directly into a solar panel, a system they say is cheaper and more efficient than technology in use thus far, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
An agreement by the Environmental Protection Agency on standards for Argentinian biofuel makers to get credits in the U.S. could be a significant step toward opening the American market to imports, Reuters reports.
Ethanol stocks last week hit a two-year high of more than 20.6 million barrels, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the rise came despite production inching down by 1,000 barrels a day, Platts reports.
Stung by lower oil and gasoline prices and raking in less from asset sales, Hess Corp. lost $8 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a profit of more than $1.9 billion in the period a year earlier, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite the Obama administration opening up the Atlantic to drilling in its proposed five-year leasing plan, major new projects are unlikely to proceed as long as oil prices remain under $50 a barrel, E&E reports.
The U.S. saw 4,850 megawatts of wind capacity added in 2014, more than four times the amount installed a year earlier, according to statistics from the trade group the American Wind Energy Association, which noted that much of the growth came in Texas, Bloomberg reports.
Releasing data on animal feeding operations to environmental groups under a Freedom of Information Act request didn’t harm the farmers involved, according to a ruling from federal Judge Ann Montgomery in Minnesota, who on Tuesday dismissed a motion for a summary judgment in the case, E&E reports.
Opower, which works with utilities to get reductions in customers’ energy use, has found that there is a drop during the Super Bowl, and in its Outlier blog presents the theory that watching TV in groups rather than as individuals is partly responsible, The Washington Post reports.
Climate modeling isn’t biased toward making links between human activity and climate change, according to a study published in the journal Nature online Wednesday, although researchers did find that studying 62-year trends – rather than 15-year periods -- gave a more accurate portrayal of mankind’s impact, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A laboratory complex set up by Southern California Edison in 2009 to keep the utility at the forefront of new developments in grid and energy technology gets results that gives the firm’s Advanced Technology Division an impact beyond its $19 million annual budget, Reuters reports.