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New Filter Can Desalinate Sea Water and Extract Valuable Metals

Written by , on February 12, 2018

Researchers at Australia’s CSIRO and Monash University and at the University of Texas at Austin have found a material which filter salt and ions out of sea water not only yielding safe drinking water but also recovering valuable metals such as lithium.  Read more »

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Written by , on January 24, 2018

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

Written by , on January 12, 2018

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

Written by , on January 4, 2018

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%

Written by , on December 22, 2017

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

Written by , on December 8, 2017

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

Written by , on November 21, 2017

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

Written by , on November 21, 2017

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

Written by , on October 26, 2017

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

Written by , on October 14, 2017

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 »