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Energy-saving Smart Facades

Written by , on April 20, 2015

Researchers and designers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed a building façade element which uses the sun’s energy to shield the building’s interior from the sun.  Read more »

Hybrid Supercapacitors Promise Large Storage and Fast Charging

Written by , on April 20, 2015

Scientists at UCLA have developed hybrid supercapacitors that can store as much charge as a lead acid battery, yet can be recharged in seconds compared with hours for conventional batteries.  Read more »

Fueling Vehicles with Hydrogen from Corn Waste

Written by , on April 8, 2015

Researchers have found a way to make hydrogen fuel by a biological method that uses cheap and abundantly available corn stover (the stalks, cobs and husks) and greatly reduces the time it takes to produce the fuel.  Read more »

Daimler’s “SuperTruck” Halves Fuel Consumption

Written by , on April 8, 2015

Daimler has now unveiled its response, the “Freightliner SuperTruck” which is claimed to improve fuel efficiency by 115% over the baseline standard.  Read more »

Aluminium Battery – Safer & Cheaper Than Lithium

Written by , on April 7, 2015

Stanford University scientists have developed the first high-performance aluminum-ion battery that’s fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive.   Read more »

Packing Peanuts Provide Power

Written by , on March 30, 2015

Scientists have developed a heating process that converts the “peanuts” used for packaging into carbon anodes for lithium batteries.
As well as eliminating waste, the technique produces batteries that recharge much faster because the carbon anodes are only a tenth as thick as their commercially available counterparts.  Read more »

Electric Cars Could Reduce Temperatures in Cities

Written by , on March 23, 2015

Researchers have shown that replacing conventional cars with electric ones could not only cut emissions from cars but it could also lower emissions of carbon dioxide by cutting the use of air conditioning.  Read more »

Swamps Store Much More Carbon than Forests

Written by , on March 10, 2015

Freshwater wetlands could be up to 50 times more effective at storing carbon than rainforests. These wetlands have the potential to capture and store carbon for hundreds of years.  Read more »

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 »