Two examples of architecture based on a shape that creates a vastness instead of a space are designed by Heri & Salli and Juergen Mayer.
I have received a number of queries from homeowners and homebuilders who are concerned about formaldehyde that has been used in laminates like plywood, particle board, and MDF. It’s nice to recognize a company like Columbia Forest Products, which uses formaldehyde-free technology to manufacture PureBond hardwood plywood.
Recently the BIRD Energy Project, founded jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure and the BIRD Foundation, has announced that the collaboration of two innovative companies, Virent and Virdia, are capable of creating a successful conversion of cellulosic pine tree sugars to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels.
Johns Manville today announced the publication of “We Build Environments,” its 2011 sustainability report. The publication can be viewed as a PDF file on the company’s website.
A Toronto-based composite materials company, Innovative Composites International Inc., has released a rapid tactical emergency relief module called the RapTER. The modules have been designed to meet the needs of emergency response teams, civic, and military agencies by providing quick emergency deployment shelters that are structurally sound and secure.
With everybody now in a spring’s swing, the time seems perfect for college students to make new green plans for going from place to place. As such, On Bike Share is joining the gig, announcing an affordable campus bike share system that’s designed to “make bicycling an integral part of college and corporate campus transportation.”
Danielle Stewart has written before about the five benefits of lighting retrofits for commercial or warehouse spaces with lighting that can be more energy efficient. Here, along a similar line of thought, she addresses the old standard T-12 fluorescent lamp.
For those wondering about practical applications for fuel cells that run on renewable fuel, take a look at IdaTech. Last October, the manufacturer of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products announced the first use of Bio-HydroPlus renewable fuel, a liquid fuel mixture of bio-methanol (62 percent methanol) and de-ionized water.
3M, an international supplier of battery materials, is investing in research and manufacturing of novel Silicon (Si) based 3M anode materials. The technology enables advanced batteries for reliable power that is required to keep up with the global increase of mobile societies and electric vehicles.
“Methanol in its own right is an excellent fuel. You can mix it into gasoline — it’s a much better fuel than ethanol. And we have developed a methanol fuel cell. Methanol is a very simple chemical that can be made in a very efficient way. It is just one oxygen atom inserted into methane, the basal component of natural gas; but methanol is a liquid material which is easily stored, transported, and used.”
New Energy Technologies and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Develop ‘Invisible Wires’ for Transporting Electricity on SolarWindow
New Energy Technologies, Inc., a developer of innovative technologies for generating sustainable electricity, announces that scientists collaboratively developing New Energy’s SolarWindow technology – capable of generating electricity on see-through glass – have successfully collected and transported electricity using a virtually ‘invisible’ conductive wiring system developed for SolarWindow.
The era of renewable biofuels is getting much closer to reality, following a successful test run for a diesel frigate traveling from Everett, WA to San Diego, CA.
Not only should waste materials be reclaimed and put to other good uses, they can be made into fun and inexpensive scientific toys, contends Arvind Grupta, the man behind Toys from Trash.
This is an exciting story about energy storage from Clean Technica. MIT: Liquid Batteries Have Huge Potential (via Clean Technica) “Professor Donald Sadoway and Materials Processing Center Research Affiliate David Bradwell observe one of their small test batteries in the lab. The battery itself is inside the heavily insulated metal cylinder at center, which heats it to 700 degrees Celsius.” (Photo: Patrick Gillooly; Source: MIT…
Louise Ljungbergand from Ericsson’s Networked Society writes to GBE about a new, though-provoking documentary, “Thinking Cities.” This finely produced 17:49 work explores urbanization, technology and green energy. Ljungbergand cites a recent post by Jennifer Shockley:
In yesterday’s post on water-efficient toilets, I did not mention dual-flush toilets, which exist in places such as Australia, where water scarcity is more prevalent.