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Airborne Turbine for Remote Sites

Airborne Turbine for Remote Sites

Winds 300 to 600 metres above the ground are, on average 5 to 8 times as strong as those at the surface.

Altaeros, a four-year-old company in Massachusetts, has developed its Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) to take advantage of these stronger, more consistent winds.  Read more »

Students Make Water Purifier from Chip Packets

Students Make Water Purifier from Chip Packets

Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing.  Read more »

Hybrid Compressed Air Car

Hybrid Compressed Air Car

Peugeot is turning to hybrid compressed air technology to address the biggest barrier to customers buying electric cars and plug-in hybrids – the cost. The company believes that this simple but effective technology could be added to a wide variety of engines for a small price premium and boost economy significantly. The Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air prototype […]  Read more »

Zero Net Enegy at Zero Cost

Zero Net Enegy at Zero Cost

A revolutionary renovation programme in the Netherlands, called Energiesprong (Energy Jump), is delivering social housing with zero net energy consumption to social housing at zero cost to the tenant and with no subsidies to the builder.  Read more »

Singing Bowls Inspire More Efficient Solar Cells

Singing Bowls Inspire More Efficient Solar Cells

Dr Niraj Lal, a researcher from Australia National University has used the shape of Buddhist singing bowls as the inspiration for a more efficient type of solar cells.  Read more »

New Material Converts Solar Energy to Steam

New Material Converts Solar Energy to Steam

A new material structure, developed at MIT, generates steam when simply floated on water and placed in the sun.   Read more »

Used Cigarete Butts Make Better Supercapacitors

Used Cigarete Butts Make Better Supercapacitors

A group of scientists reported that a material made from used cigarette butts has superior performance compared to commercially available carbon, graphene and carbon nanotubes.  Read more »

1,600 kilometres on a Single Battery Charge

1,600 kilometres on a Single Battery Charge

An electric car capable of driving 1,600 kilometres on a single charge has been demonstrated in Quebec.  Read more »

Device Recovers Waste Heat from Showers

Device Recovers Waste Heat from Showers

A new drain heat exchanger for waste heat recovery in residential buildings promises to be the first practical version for home shower use. It is claimed to recover up to 45% of the waste heat from shower drains while offering a good return on investment.  Read more »

Solar Drink Cooler

Solar Drink Cooler

Coca Cola, in collaboration with the International Physics Centre in Bogota, Colombia, have developed a fridge that cools drinks without using any electricity.  Read more »