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Low-cost Aluminium-Urea Battery

Low-cost Aluminium-Urea Battery

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a battery using alumium, graphite and urea which could provide an inexpensive means of energy storage.  Read more »

New Material Can Cool Buildings, Day and Night, with No Energy Consumption

New Material Can Cool Buildings, Day and Night, with No Energy Consumption

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a metamaterial – an engineered material not found in nature – which has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.  Read more »

Turn up the Thermostat and Get a Fan for Most Comfort and Power Saving

Turn up the Thermostat and Get a Fan for Most Comfort and Power Saving

A university study has shown that thermal comfort, perceived air quality and symptoms of sick building syndrome are reported to be equal or better at 26°C and at 29°C, rather than at the common “set point” of 23°C, if a personally controlled fan is used.  Read more »

Power Storage in Homes Increases Emission but Storage by Utilities Has Clear Benefits

Power Storage in Homes Increases Emission but Storage by Utilities Has Clear Benefits

Researchers have found that storing solar energy for nighttime use increases a household’s annual energy consumption compared with using solar panels without storage. On the other hand, storage by utility companies significantly reduces the amount of electricity generation capacity required.  Read more »

New Solar Still Produces Cheap Clean Water

New Solar Still Produces Cheap Clean Water

Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a new type of solar still using carbon-coated paper that they say produces clean water more cheaply and more than twice as efficiently as existing devices.  Read more »

Powering Trains with Trackside Solar Panels

Powering Trains with Trackside Solar Panels

Imperial College London and the climate change charity 10:10 have announced a project to investigate using track-side solar panels to power trains. bypassing the electricity grid so that the panels can provide power precisely when needed most. Although this sounds quite straight forward, it is not being done anywhere in the world.  Read more »

Wind Turbine Mimics a Hummingbird

Wind Turbine Mimics a Hummingbird

A Tunisian startup, Tyer Wind, has developed a “wind converter” which is equipped with flapping wings rather than blades. The action of the wings mimics the motion of hummingbird wings  Read more »

New Plastic Could Safely Store Hydrogen

New Plastic Could Safely Store Hydrogen

Researchers at Waseda University in Japan have developed a polymer which can safely store hydrogen.  Read more »

“Diamond Batteries” Could Store Energy for Thousands of Years

“Diamond Batteries” Could Store Energy for Thousands of Years

A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond enclosing nuclear waste material that could store energy for thousands of years and, when placed in a radioactive field, could generate a small electrical current.  Read more »

New Type of Solar Cell Could Be Cheaper and More Commercially Viable

New Type of Solar Cell Could Be Cheaper and More Commercially Viable

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a new type of perovskite solar cell that promises to be cheaper and more commercial viable than current perovskite cells.  Read more »