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New Technique Could Save 95% of the Energy Used to Pump Fluids

Written by , on January 12, 2018

Approximately 10% of global electricity consumption is for pumping water, oil, natural gas and other fluids through pipes. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria have discovered a technique which could reduce the energy required for this by up to 95%.  Read more »

Turn up the Thermostat and Get a Fan for Most Comfort and Power Saving

Written by , on February 10, 2017

A university study has shown that thermal comfort, perceived air quality and symptoms of sick building syndrome are reported to be equal or better at 26°C and at 29°C, rather than at the common “set point” of 23°C, if a personally controlled fan is used.  Read more »

New Wi-fi Technology Consumes 10,000 Times Less Power

Written by , on March 2, 2016

Computer engineers at the University of Washington have developed a new Passive Wi-Fi system that is able to maintain fast data speeds while consuming one 10,000th of the power of conventional wi-fi and one 1,000th of the power of current energy-efficient technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy.  Read more »

Improving Power Plant Efficiency with Sauce Bottle Coating

Written by , on October 1, 2015

A new coating, if installed globally in steam-driven power stations, could have the same CO2-reducing impact as all solar and wind power installations combined.  Read more »

Capturing Energy from Braking London Tube Trains

Written by , on September 27, 2015

Transport for London has been trialling a new system that collects and recycles waste energy from London’s Underground train brakes. It is estimated that the technology could save as much as £6 million ($au 13 million) a year.  Read more »

Passive Computer Cooling System Could Save Billions

Written by , on May 1, 2015

Engineers at the University of Alabama are testing a passive cooling system for computer processors that they believe could save U.S. consumers more than $6.3 billion a year in energy costs associated with running their computer cooling fans.  Read more »

Zero Net Enegy at Zero Cost

Written by , on September 16, 2014

A revolutionary renovation programme in the Netherlands, called Energiesprong (Energy Jump), is delivering social housing with zero net energy consumption to social housing at zero cost to the tenant and with no subsidies to the builder.  Read more »

Device Recovers Waste Heat from Showers

Written by , on August 15, 2014

A new drain heat exchanger for waste heat recovery in residential buildings promises to be the first practical version for home shower use. It is claimed to recover up to 45% of the waste heat from shower drains while offering a good return on investment.  Read more »

40% More Efficient Cooking Pan

Written by , on July 15, 2014

A new type of cooking pan makes better use of available heat.  Read more »