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Volume 6 Issue 6 (November/December 2017)
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Energy biomass competitiveness—three different views on biomass price
Published Online: Sep 06 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wene.261
To correctly evaluate the potential of energy biomass, we have to look at it from three interconnected perspectives: (1) minimum price for growing energy biomass, (2) opportunity costs of other uses of arable land, and (3) substitution of fossil fuels for biomass.
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Decarbonizing the transportation sector: policy options, synergies, and institutions to deliver on a low‐carbon stabilization pathway
Published Online: Sep 12 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wene.257
This paper outlines the key elements of a framework towards a low‐carbon stabilization pathway for land transport, focusing on the potential of key policy measures at the local and national level, opportunities for synergies and governance issues affecting the implementation of measures.
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Advances in plasmon‐enhanced upconversion luminescence phenomena and their possible effect on light harvesting for energy applications
Published Online: Aug 17 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wene.254
A Schematic representation of a wide band gap semiconductor catalyst coated on top of plasmon‐upconverter material. The catalyst can only absorb UV portion of sunlight. A large fraction of sunlight in the visible and IR penetrates the catalytic material, interacts with the plasmonic material and is thus amplified. This amplified light is then converted to high energy photons by the upconverting material that can back excite the semiconductor increasing the light harvesting efficiency. B: Absorption and emission spectra of up converting nanocrystals. These materials are generally comprised of an inert host material (often NaYF4) doped with sensitizer (such as ytterbium, Yb3+) and activator (Thuluim, Tm3+) lanthanide ions. Yb3+ ions are excited by a 980 nm light is conveniently resonant with the f–f transitions of Tm3+, facilitating efficient energy transfer leading to upconversion emission bands at 345, 365, 451, 481, 646, and 800 nm.
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Climate policies and nationally determined contributions: reconciling the needed ambition with the political economy
Published Online: Aug 18 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wene.256
Governments may have a range of objectives when they engage in climate policy. Different policy instruments fulfill these objectives differently.
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Reference scenarios for evaluating wood pellet production in the Southeastern United States
Published Online: Aug 16 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wene.259
A combination of ecological, social and economic factors affect the forests of the Southeastern United States, where many of the wood pellets exported to Europe originate. The counterfactual scenario is critical when evaluating the effects of pellet production and should be defined based on an analysis of historical and current conditions.
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