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Biotech to Make Fuel from Steel Mill’s Waste CO

Written by , on July 21, 2015

Biotechnology developed in New Zealand by LanzaTech is to be installed at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, to capture carbon monoxide and convert it into ethanol.  Read more »

New Material Releases Stored Heat on Demand

Written by , on July 20, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered a new type of ceramic material which stores heat energy for a prolonged period and releases the stored heat energy on demand by application of weak pressure.  Read more »

US Army Claims Solar Cell Breakthrough

Written by , on July 8, 2015

U.S. Army researchers at the Redstone Arsenal have developed a new type of solar panel which they say is a significant breakthrough in solar energy production being much thinner, more efficient and cheaper than current panels.  Read more »

MIT Researcher Claims Breakthrough in Battery Manufacturing

Written by , on June 29, 2015

Yet-Ming Chiang has developed a new process which he says will cut cut the cost of production by a factor of 10 and halve the cost of the batteries.  Read more »

10 Years of Progress in Renewables

Written by , on June 19, 2015

In its 2015 “Global Status Report”, REN21, the global renewable energy policy network, has summarised the increase in renewable energy capacity in the 10 years from 2004 to 2014. In 2004, global renewable power capacity (excluding hydro) was 85 gigawatts. In 2014, it reached 657 gigawatts.  Read more »

Owl Wing Design Could Make Wind Turbines Quieter

Written by , on June 16, 2015

Conservationists are concerned about the effects of the noise of wind turbines on wildlife and some people who live near turbines complain about their noise. Researchers led by Nigel Peake at the University of Cambridge have turned to owls for ideas about how to reduce the noise. Owls are famously silent predators, able to surprise […]  Read more »

Flexible, Stretchable Battery

Written by , on June 12, 2015

A team of engineers at Arizona State University and Jinan University in China have redesigned the lithium-ion battery to fold, expand and contract, allowing it to stretch and expand to more than 150% of its compacted size even when being used. The new design uses an extremely common battery and overcomes the tendency for the […]  Read more »

New Roof Coating Keeps Roofs Much Cooler

Written by , on June 10, 2015

Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a coating which keeps roofs significantly cooler than the ambient air temperature, even under the most intense summer conditions. Dr Angus Gentle and Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith reported that a roof with a “coated polymer stack” – a combination of specially chosen polyesters on a silver […]  Read more »

Cheaper, Silent, Bladeless Wind Turbines

Written by , on May 17, 2015

In 1940, the newly built Tacoma Narrows Bridge began to vibrate violently and soon collapsed in windy conditions. Ever since, engineers have focused on ways of stopping their structures vibrating in this way. Now, a group of Spanish engineers is working to harness the energy potential of vibrating structures. Instead of using the wind to […]  Read more »

“Refrigeration Battery” Can Cut Commercial Energy Use

Written by , on May 6, 2015

A “refrigeration battery”, which stores cooling for later use, can cut peak electricity demand by as much 40%.  Read more »