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Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosted solar cell efficiency.  Read more »

New Technique Could Save 95% of the Energy Used to Pump Fluids

New Technique Could Save 95% of the Energy Used to Pump Fluids

Approximately 10% of global electricity consumption is for pumping water, oil, natural gas and other fluids through pipes. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria have discovered a technique which could reduce the energy required for this by up to 95%.  Read more »

Edible and Biodegradable Plastic from Seaweed

Edible and Biodegradable Plastic from Seaweed

An Indonesian company, Evoware, has developed a method of producing biodegradable packaging from seaweed.  Read more »

Halogens Improve Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance by 25%

Halogens Improve Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance by 25%

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina have shown that using halogens in a dye-sensitized solar cell can increase conversion efficiency by 25%.  Read more »

New Cement Cuts CO2 Emissions

New Cement Cuts CO2 Emissions

Solidia Technologies has developed a cement making process that the company says produces 70% less CO2 emissions as conventional cement manufacture while producing a product which is equally as strong.  Read more »

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 »