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Adding Irradiated Waste Plastic Strengthens Cement

Adding Irradiated Waste Plastic Strengthens Cement

Researchers at MIT have found that by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of gamma radiation, then pulverizing the flakes into a fine powder, they could produce concrete that is up to 15% stronger than conventional concrete.  Read more »

Ultra-fast Charging Lithium Batteries Using Asphalt

Ultra-fast Charging Lithium Batteries Using Asphalt

Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found that adding asphalt to the anode of lithium metal batteries allows them to be charged much faster and makes them less likely to short circuit and fail.  Read more »

Fractal Designs Improve Concentrating Solar

Fractal Designs Improve Concentrating Solar

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20% more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.  Read more »

Inflatable Concentrated Solar System Halves Costs

Inflatable Concentrated Solar System Halves Costs

An Austrian company, Heliovis, has developed an inflatable cylindrical thermal concentrator which concentrates sunlight onto a central thermal receiver, similarly to a parabolic trough, but at a much lower cost.  Read more »

Weather Forecast – Extreme and Worsening

Weather Forecast – Extreme and Worsening

The torrential rain can be one of the most devastating consequences of hurricanes, especially in urban areas where concrete makes it harder for water to drain and where people can drown. Expect more and worse.  Read more »

Roof Panels That Make Air-Conditioning Much More Efficient

Roof Panels That Make Air-Conditioning Much More Efficient

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a fluid-filled roof panel which can make air-conditioning significantly more efficient.  Read more »

Renewed Interest in Thorium Nucler Reactors

Renewed Interest in Thorium Nucler Reactors

Thorium has long held promise for safer nuclear power. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States designed and built a demonstration molten salt reactor and operated it from 1965 to 1969. There is now renewed interest in thorium technology around the world.  Read more »

Solar Glass Bricks

Solar Glass Bricks

Build Solar, a spin-off from the University of Exeter in the UK, has been set up to market an innovative solar glass block technology.  Read more »

Aluminium Material Produces Hydrogen from Water

Aluminium Material Produces Hydrogen from Water

Scientists and engineers at the US Army Research Laboratory have discovered an aluminum nanomaterial which produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water. The discovery has great potential implications for future power and energy applications.  Read more »

Storing Energy in Salt and Antifreeze

Storing Energy in Salt and Antifreeze

Google’s parent company Alphabet’s X Division is trialling an energy storage technology using heated salt and cooled antifreeze.  Read more »