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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Plastic from Paper-making Waste

Written by , on September 28, 2010

Two German scientists, Juergen Pfitzer and Helmut Naegele, have inventted a new material called Arboform which is a bio-degradable plastic that can be moulded into any form which is normally made using non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics. Products made from the material look and feel like wood. Arboform is produced by combining lignin, a by-product of paper […]  Read more »

Degrading Tibetan Plateau Accelerating Climate Change

Written by , on September 28, 2010

The Tibetan plateau is being destroyed by rising temperatures, excess livestock and plagues of insects and rodents – and the changes are having a profound impact on the world’s ecology. Without its grasslands the high plateau is less able to absorb moisture and more likely to radiate heat and this is accelerating climate change. Partly […]  Read more »

The Ins and Outs of Coal-fired Power

Written by , on September 27, 2010

Take a look at our new video about the amazing amount of coal and water that it takes to run a coal-fired power station – and the huge volume of carbon dioxide emitted, as well as all of the other pollutants.  Read more »

Ford Ships Electric Vans & Plans More Models

Written by , on September 23, 2010

Ford has shipped its first all-electric Transit Connect van for the American market. The Ford Transit Connect can achieve a range of up to 125 kilometres on a single charge and has a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour. It can be recharged at a 120-volt outlet in 12 to 16 hours or at […]  Read more »

Spray-on Solar Windows

Written by , on September 22, 2010

Florida-based New Energy Technologies Inc has demonstrated a spray-on solar PV product that enables electricity to be generated from glass and other surfaces. The company claims that, in commercial applications such as the building facades of office towers, its "SolarWindow" can generate more than three times the energy of conventional rooftop solar systems because the […]  Read more »

Carbon Nanotube Funnels Concentrate Solar Energy 100 Times

Written by , on September 15, 2010

Chemical engineers at the Massechusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell. Carbon nanotubes were used to form antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing much smaller and more powerful solar arrays. Solar cells are usually grouped in large arrays, often […]  Read more »

The Electric Car Song

Written by , on September 14, 2010

A musical interlude from They Might Be Giants:  Read more »

Molecular Sponges Soak Up Carbon Dioxide

Written by , on September 14, 2010

A team of researchers at the University of Sydney has developed crystals full of microscopic holes that can capture gases like carbon dioxide. The scientists designed them to be used in facilities like power stations but they could have many other applications such as storing hydrogen or separating methane from nitrogen and carbon dioxide in […]  Read more »

Mini and Smart Planning Electric Scooters

Written by , on September 11, 2010

BMW’s Smart and Daimler’s Mini divisions are both planning to show concept electric scooters at the Paris Motor Show in October. Both are rumoured to have lithium batteries giving a range of 100 kilometres. The Smart scooter is said to include an airbag. Both companies have released sketches of their designs:    Read more »

Study Predicts Peak Coal As Early As 2011

Written by , on September 10, 2010

A study, led by Tad Patzek, chairman of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, says that the world will face "peak coal" as soon as 2011. (The study defines "peak coal" as the peak in the amount of energy produced globally from coal.) In contrast, the U.S. […]  Read more »