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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 »

Burning Natural Gas with Easily Separated CO2 Emissions

Written by , on May 29, 2017

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a method of combusting natural gas which allows the resultant carbon dioxide to be separated out without expanding any additional energy.  Read more »

Electroplating Produces Low-cost High-quality Lithium Batteries

Written by , on May 20, 2017

Researchers have developed have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also open the door to flexible and solid-state batteries.  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 »

Could Slag Heaps Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere?

Written by , on April 24, 2017

Phil Renforth, a scientist at Cardiff University, is preparing to test the feasibility of using iron and steel slag deposits to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  Read more »