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Storing Energy in Salt and Antifreeze

Written by , on August 8, 2017

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

Protein for Food form Electricity and Carbon Dioxide

Written by , on August 7, 2017

Researchers in Finland have produced a protein which is edible and nutritious enough to be used in cooking and as a livestock feed from just electricity, carbon dioxide and water with the help of microbes.  Read more »

New Material Could Allow Batteries to Charge in Seconds

Written by , on August 7, 2017

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia ave reported that they have developed a new material, called MXene, which will allow batteries to be charged in seconds rather than hours.  Read more »

Coffee Cups Made from Coffee Waste

Written by , on July 15, 2017

An Australian startup, Huskee, has developed reusable cups which are made from unwanted coffee bean husks.  Read more »

Quickly Turning Food Waste into Fuel

Written by , on June 28, 2017

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered this new process to generate energy from food waste that is much more efficient than previous methods.  Read more »

Company Aims to Capture 1% of Global CO2 Emissions

Written by , on June 12, 2017

Climeworks, a Swiss company, has built a commercial plant to extract carbon dioxide from the air.  Read more »

Better Batteries Made from Waste Glass

Written by , on May 8, 2017

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a low-cost chemical process for making nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries from waste glass bottles. The researchers say that the batteries have been found to have four times the capacity of conventional batteries with graphite anodes.  Read more »

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 »