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Using Superconducting Tape Could Dramatically Lower Wind Turbine Costs

Written by , on November 26, 2018

The EcoSwing project, funded by the European Union,is aiming to demonstrate a dramatically lower cost, lightweight wind turbine drivetrain using superconducting ceramic tape instead of rare earth elements.  Read more »

Steel Making without Releasing Carbon Dioxide

Written by , on November 10, 2018

Boston Metal has developed a technique for making high-strength steel alloy using an electrolytic cell rather than a blast furnace. The process does not release the huge quantities of carbon dioxide produced in the traditional process.  Read more »

Manufacturing of Low-cost Rechargeable Zinc-air Batteries Planned

Written by , on October 11, 2018

NantEnergy has announced that it has developed a zinc-air battery which is considerably cheaper than other battery types currently on the market, including the lithium-ion batteries.  Read more »

Artificial Mineral Can Remove CO2 from the Air

Written by , on September 10, 2018

Researchers have found a way of making magnesite, which absorbs carbon dioxide, in a matter of days rather than the hundreds of thousands of years which it takes in nature. A tonne of naturally-occurring magnesite can remove around half a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere.  Read more »

New Turbine Design Captures Wind from Any Direction

Written by , on September 6, 2018

Two MSc students at Lancaster University, have developed a rotating wind turbine which, unlike conventional wind turbines, can take advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering.  Read more »

Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

Written by , on July 30, 2018

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego, say that they have developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore them to perform as well as they did when new.  Read more »

Bioplastic from Australian Bee’s Nesting Material

Written by , on June 20, 2018

A New Zealand company, named Humble Bee, is reverse-engineering the nesting material of the Australian solitary masked bee in a bid to manufacture a biodegradable alternative to plastic on a large scale and at a competitive price.  Read more »

Affordable Carbon Capture from the Air

Written by , on June 13, 2018

A Canadian company has published results of a pilot study that shows that CO₂ can be captured from the atmosphere for less than $us100 a tonne – far less than previous estimates of $600 to $1,000 a tonne. The company is commercalising technology which uses the captured CO₂ to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels.  Read more »

New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

Written by , on May 15, 2018

Scientists at Colorado State University have discovered a plastic polymer which, unlike typical petroleum plastics, can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality and without the use of toxic chemicals or intensive lab procedures.  Read more »

Using Waste Plastic Bags to Double the Life of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Written by , on May 10, 2018

Engineers at Purdue University have found a way to increase the life of lithium-sulfur batteries which has the added benefit of being a way to recycle plastic bags.  Read more »