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World’s Largest Bike Share – Hangzhou

Written by , on March 5, 2015

The scale of bike sharing in China, and Hangzhou in particular, dwarfs anything in the West. Hangzhou has a 50,000-bike system with 2,050 bike-share stations are spaced 300 metres apart in the city centre and less than 800 metres apart in the suburbs.  Read more »

Hydrogen from Wastewater

Written by , on February 25, 2015

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have reported that they have developed an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen in a wastewater treatment process. The system uses bacteria which consume the organic material and generate electricity which is used to produce hydrogen.   Read more »

Atmospheric CO2 Used for Energy Storage Products

Written by , on December 20, 2014

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.  Read more »

Long Lasting Solar Thermal Material Absorbs 90% of Light

Written by , on November 7, 2014

A new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants can absorb and convert to heat more than 90% of the sunlight falling on it, withstand temperatures of more than 700ºC and survive for many years.  Read more »

Solar Panels for Walls and Paths

Written by , on November 6, 2014

A Swiss non-profit company, has developed a technology which allows solar panels to be different colors. Meanwhile, Dutch engineers have installed the world’s first bike path made from solar panels.  Read more »

Electricity from Jet Fuel at Room Temperature

Written by , on November 6, 2014

University of Utah engineers have developed the first room-temperature fuel cell that uses enzymes to help jet fuel produce electricity without needing to ignite the fuel.  Read more »

New Process Triples Biogas Production from Waste

Written by , on November 5, 2014

Researchers in Spain have developed the new “BiogàsPlus” technology which increases the production of biogas by 200% with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.  Read more »

Combined Solar Cell and Battery

Written by , on October 21, 2014

Researchers at Ohio State University have reported that they have succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.  Read more »

Domestic Energy Storage using Phase Changes in Paraffin

Written by , on October 20, 2014

Researchers from Spain’s Universidad del Pais Vasco and Euskal Herriko Uniberstitatea have developed a compact heat storage system which uses phase changes in a type of paraffin to store the heat energy.  Read more »

Simple Design Elements to Improve Cycling

Written by , on October 17, 2014

Copenhagen has some simple, inexpensive “micro designs” to improve urban cycling.  Read more »