Upsalite — an incredible new material possessing record-breaking surface area and water adsorption abilities, was recently discovered by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden. The material — according to the researchers — should allow for drastic reductions in the total amount of energy needed to control environmental moisture in the electronics and drug formulation industries, as well as in warehouses, storage facilities, etc. As well as having, no doubt, a number of other potential applications — such as toxic waste…
There’s a lot of research going on in the realm of batteries these days. It seems like there’s a “battery breakthrough” announced almost every day. Clearly, all these battery breakthroughs won’t make it to commercialization, and it’s hard to identify which will. This new battery made of wood one could be promising… but would the wood really come from sustainable forestry? A lot to think about and discuss here, but at least worth a read. Check out this CleanTechnica repost…
But don’t try it at home yet– the components in the battery tested by scientists at the University of Maryland are a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Using sodium instead of lithium, as many rechargeable batteries do, makes the battery environmentally benign. Sodium doesn’t store energy as efficiently as lithium, so you won’t see this battery in your cell phone — instead, its low cost and common materials would make it ideal to store huge amounts of energy at once – such as solar energy at a power plant.
The word adobe comes from the Arabic word al-tob, which means “the brick” and from Coptic tube, which also means “brick”. A brick is precisely what adobe is, a sun-dried brick of clay-soil and sand, with fiber added in some instances as well. These fibers, which add tensile strength, are usually straw, hair, or even horse manure. Yes, I said horse manure! Building with adobe is one of the oldest building techniques in the world, and some of the world’s oldest standing buildings were constructed with adobe.
Researchers have engineered a strain of electricity-producing bacteria that can grow using hydrogen gas as its sole electron donor and carbon dioxide as its sole source of carbon. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst report their findings at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
I wrote a post for CleanTechnica on December 6, 2011 about something I’d never before heard about, integral fast reactors — you guessed right, nuclear reactors. Titled, “Our Nuclear Trash Heap Needs IFRs,” I wrote about a 2008 book by environmentalist, Tom Blees, “Prescription for the Planet.”
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made an important breakthrough in the quest to generate clean electricity from bacteria. New findings show that proteins on the surface of bacteria can produce an electric current by simply touching a mineral surface. The research shows that it is possible for bacteria to lie directly on the surface of a metal or mineral and transfer electrical charge through their cell membranes. This means that it is possible to “tether” bacteria directly to electrodes — bringing scientists a step closer to creating efficient microbial fuel cells or “bio-batteries.”
“This breakthrough offers a relatively cheaper method of storing and reusing electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels,” says Curtis Berlinguette, associate professor of chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Energy Conversion.
While the green aspects of power tools was not a driving factor in the decisions for most of us in the past, more power and less weight would be the priority, it is one of those topics that has become much more important in recent years and is important enough for our customers to ask about. While using Lithium-Ion battery packs instead of nickel cadmium may not solve the problems of the planet, it won’t hurt it.
To provide more flexibility in managing the grid, researchers have begun developing new batteries and other large-scale storage devices. But the fossil fuel required to build these technologies could negate some of the environmental benefits of installing new solar and wind farms, according to Stanford University scientists.
Researchers have long attempted to use silicon, which is cheap and has a high potential capacity, in battery anodes. (Anodes are where current flows into a battery, while cathodes are where current flows out.) The problem has been that previous silicon anode designs, which were basically tiny plates of the material, broke down from repeated swelling and shrinking during charging/discharging cycles and quickly became useless.
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summary & Opening Ceremony Highlights (Including Videos Of Child Speeches & Pictures)
Zach Shahan has posted this summary of the past week at Abu Dhabi’s World Future Energy Summit. [repostus hash=946f8915cae5bcc6459b3117ec2ad507 title=Abu+Dhabi+Sustainability+Week+Summary+%26%23038%3B+Opening+Ceremony+Highlights+%28Including+Videos+Of+Child+Speeches+%26%23038%3B+Pictures%29 host=Clean+Technica short=1yF5P snip=The+6th+Annual+World+Future+Energy+Summit+%28WFES%29%C2%A0and+first+ever+Abu+Dhabi+Sustainability+Week+%28ADSW%29+just+wrapped+up.+With+approximately+30%2C000+participants+from+150+countries+attending+ADSW%2C+including+a+couple+of+us+from+CleanTechnica%2C+the+event+brought+in+world+leaders+of+all+sorts+%E2%80%94+queens%2C+princes%26hellip%3B thumb=4047013 jump=2]
A press announcement released today from Abu Dhabi concerning a new report issued by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) states, “Renewable energy has entered into a new virtuous cycle of falling costs, increasing deployment, and accelerated technological progress.”
The world’s leading all-round smart/renewable energy trade show; World Smart Energy Week 2013 will be opening its doors from February 27 until March 1, 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan. Shows held within World Smart Energy Week 2013: FC EXPO 2013: 9th Int’l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo PV EXPO 2013 6th Int’l Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo PV SYSTEM EXPO 4th Int’l Photovoltaic Power Generation System Expo BATTERY JAPAN 4th Int’l Rechargeable Battery Expo ENETECH JAPAN 4th Processing Technology Expo 3rd INT’L SMART GRID EXPO 3rd…
More than 700 Energy Storage Projects are Announced or Operating around the World, According to Pike Research Tracker
Energy storage projects are increasing steadily, both in terms of the project pipeline and the number of projects deployed and operating. Two factors are influencing that expansion: first, demand for energy storage is increasing as utilities learn more about energy storage technologies and become less risk averse, and second, as the economic outlook brightens, companies are more willing to invest the capital frequently required for energy storage.
As the end of the year approaches, this post concerning renewable energy from Zach Shahan at Clean Technica provides an excellent string of information. We will follow up on this post with Part 2. [repostus] Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs) (via Clean Technica) As I mentioned in my article covering the latest US Solar Market Insight report (which I just published a few hours ago), I was “out of the office” today giving a presentation on solar…