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Artificial Mineral Can Remove CO2 from the Air

Artificial Mineral Can Remove CO2 from the Air

Researchers have found a way of making magnesite, which absorbs carbon dioxide, in a matter of days rather than the hundreds of thousands of years which it takes in nature. A tonne of naturally-occurring magnesite can remove around half a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere.  Read more »

New Turbine Design Captures Wind from Any Direction

New Turbine Design Captures Wind from Any Direction

Two MSc students at Lancaster University, have developed a rotating wind turbine which, unlike conventional wind turbines, can take advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering.  Read more »

Improving Soil Quality Takes CO2 out of the Air

Improving Soil Quality Takes CO2 out of the Air

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have shown that well-established agricultural management practices such as planting cover crops, optimizing grazing and sowing legumes on rangelands, could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil to make a significant contribution to international global warming targets.  Read more »

Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego, say that they have developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore them to perform as well as they did when new.  Read more »

Bioplastic from Australian Bee’s Nesting Material

Bioplastic from Australian Bee’s Nesting Material

A New Zealand company, named Humble Bee, is reverse-engineering the nesting material of the Australian solitary masked bee in a bid to manufacture a biodegradable alternative to plastic on a large scale and at a competitive price.  Read more »

Capturing Clean Water from Power Plant Cooling Towers

Capturing Clean Water from Power Plant Cooling Towers

About 39% of all the fresh water withdrawn from rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in the United States is used for cooling electric power plants. Most of that water ends up in clouds of vapor. Engineers at MIT have now developed technology which captures fresh water from power plant cooling towers.  Read more »

Affordable Carbon Capture from the Air

Affordable Carbon Capture from the Air

A Canadian company has published results of a pilot study that shows that CO₂ can be captured from the atmosphere for less than $us100 a tonne – far less than previous estimates of $600 to $1,000 a tonne. The company is commercalising technology which uses the captured CO₂ to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels.  Read more »

New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

Scientists at Colorado State University have discovered a plastic polymer which, unlike typical petroleum plastics, can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality and without the use of toxic chemicals or intensive lab procedures.  Read more »

Cheap and Efficient Ways of Using Wood To Purify Water

Cheap and Efficient Ways of Using Wood To Purify Water

Engineers at the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering have investigated ways of using energy from the sun and a block of wood smaller than an adult’s hand to heat water to produce steam point which can be condensed to provide purified water in an efficient, easily accessible, environmentally friendly, biodegradable way and at an extremely low cost.  Read more »

Using Waste Plastic Bags to Double the Life of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Using Waste Plastic Bags to Double the Life of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Engineers at Purdue University have found a way to increase the life of lithium-sulfur batteries which has the added benefit of being a way to recycle plastic bags.  Read more »