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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 »

Roof Panels That Make Air-Conditioning Much More Efficient

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a fluid-filled roof panel which can make air-conditioning significantly more efficient.  Read more »

Renewed Interest in Thorium Nucler Reactors

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Thorium has long held promise for safer nuclear power. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States designed and built a demonstration molten salt reactor and operated it from 1965 to 1969. There is now renewed interest in thorium technology around the world.  Read more »

Solar Glass Bricks

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Build Solar, a spin-off from the University of Exeter in the UK, has been set up to market an innovative solar glass block technology.  Read more »

Aluminium Material Produces Hydrogen from Water

Written by , on August 18, 2017

Scientists and engineers at the US Army Research Laboratory have discovered an aluminum nanomaterial which produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water. The discovery has great potential implications for future power and energy applications.  Read more »

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 »