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Solar Panel Provides Drinking Water

Written by , on April 14, 2017

Zero Mass Water has developed a “drinking water solar panel” which extracts water vapor from the air and condenses it into drinking water using electricity generated by the solar panel.   Read more »

Tough New Super-repellent Coating

Written by , on April 11, 2017

University of Michigan scientists have developed a new superhydrophobic coating which repels almost any liquid, is extremely tough and can repair itself.  Read more »

New Electrode Could Boost Boost Storage Capacity 30 Times

Written by , on April 7, 2017

Researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Technology have developed a groundbreaking electrode which they say could boost the capacity of existing energy storage technologies by 3,000%.  Read more »

Sugarcane Genetically Modified for High Biofuel Yield

Written by , on April 7, 2017

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce more oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. The modified sugarcane plants also produces more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production.  Read more »

Jet Fuel from Grass

Written by , on April 5, 2017

Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a process that produces jet fuel from grass.  Read more »

Graphene Sieve Removes Salt from Seawater

Written by , on April 4, 2017

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.  Read more »

World First Commercial Clear Solar Glass

Written by , on March 28, 2017

Researchers at the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, in collaboration with ClearVue Technologies, have announced that they have developed the world’s first commercially viable clear, solar glass.  Read more »

Hydrogen Produced from Biomass Powered by Light

Written by , on March 17, 2017

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass.  Read more »

Sponge Material Soaks Up and Releases Spilled Oil

Written by , on March 7, 2017

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a new material can absorb up to 90 times its own weight in spilled oil and then be squeezed out like a sponge and reused.  Read more »

Low-cost Aluminium-Urea Battery

Written by , on February 18, 2017

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