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Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Death Throes of Printed Newspapers?

Written by , on July 20, 2011

Could the current scandals surrounding Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation organisation be a sign that printed newspapers are in their death throes? Dubious behaviour in a corporation and its management is often a sign of a failing business desperate for revenue. Printed newspapers are a relic of the industrial age and News Corporation seems […]  Read more »

Street Lighting System Reduces Power Consumption by 80%

Written by , on July 18, 2011

Delft University of Technology is currently testing an intelligent street lighting system which reduces electricity consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80%, reduces light pollution and is cheaper to maintain than current systems. The system, which was designed by Chintan Shah for a competition to improve the University’s energy efficiency, consists of LED street […]  Read more »

Radical Design Could Give Better Wind Farm Efficiency

Written by , on July 14, 2011

California Institute of Technology researchers believe that a new approach to wind farm design may provide significant efficiency gains. The Caltech team is focusing on the efficiency of the entire wind farm, rather than the efficiency of individual turbines. John Dabiri, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, at Caltech observed that “because conventional, propeller-style wind […]  Read more »

Thermal Batteries Could Store the Sun’s Heat

Written by , on July 14, 2011

MIT researchers have found a compound, made from abundant and inexpensive materials, which can store and release solar thermal energy in a chemical form without degrading. The material could be used to make rechargeable thermal batteries which could store the energy for long periods without loss. Thermo-chemical storage of solar energy uses a molecule whose […]  Read more »

Artistic Solar Panels

Written by , on July 13, 2011

A Brooklyn company called SMIT(Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology) is taking orders for a product called Solar Ivy which is leaf-like solar panels that can be arranged artistically on a building’s facade. Solar Ivy can be customized in several ways: Each leaf can be coloured. The density of the leaves can be increased or reduced for […]  Read more »

Can Gas Be a Bridge to a Sustainable Future?

Written by , on July 6, 2011

The Post-Carbon Institute has published a report which claims to shatter the "myth" that natural gas can be a bridge fuel between oil and coal and a renewable energy future for the United States. Without gas from shale, the US Energy Information Administration estimates that gas production will fall by 20% by 2035. However, replacing […]  Read more »