Superflare: Sun could release flares 1000x greater than previously recorded

The Sun demonstrates the potential to superflare, new research into stellar flaring suggests. New research has found a stellar superflare on a star observed by NASA’s Kepler space telescope with wave patterns similar to those that have been observed in solar flares. Superflares are thousands of times more powerful than those ever recorded on the Sun, and are frequently observed on some stars.

Better catalysts for green energy

A detailed account has been provided by researchers of how to control the electron charge of nanoparticles of platinum, an important catalyst in fuel cells, to maximize the efficiency of the process.

Vestas seeks margins and German satisfaction with Availon deal

Vestas wants to capitalise on the very healthy profit margins available in the growing global O&M business and regain customer satisfaction in the key German service market following its €88m ($95.9m) purchase of European independent service provider Availon, which was announced yesterday.

China’s Envision to establish wind blade centre in US

Envision Energy, the Chinese wind group, will establish a blade innovation centre in Boulder, Colorado, to be led by Kevin Standish – formerly chief engineer of blades at Siemens Wind in the US.

Can you actually hear ‘inaudible’ sound?

Are wind farms harmful to humans? This controversial topic makes emotions run high. To give the debate more objectivity, an international team of experts dealt with the fundamentals of hearing in the lower limit range of the audible frequency range (i.e., infrasound), but also in the upper limit range (i.e., ultrasound).

Making batteries with portabella mushrooms

Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers think so. They have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and easy to produce.

Numerous bats killed by German wind turbines: Migratory bats at risk

Numerous bats are killed by German wind turbines. The number of such turbines, already very high, is planned to be increased further. More than two-thirds of bats being killed by wind turbines on German ground are migrants on their way between summer and winter habitats. Due to its geographical location in Europe, Germany has consequently a central responsibility for the conservation of migratory bats.