Monday, August 31, 2009

LAVA's Vision for Abu Dhabi's Sustainalbe Masdar City Center

With so much concern being expressed about global warming, we are now starting to see great strides in the development of sustainable "eco-systems" so to speak, where we may survive the anticipated climate changes.

When complete, Masdar City will house 40,000 residents, 50,000 commuters, and over 1,500 companies. The companies involved, including materials companies, solar technology firms, fashion labels, will all be sustainability-minded. Masdar will also host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Solar Panels Built Into Roads Could Be The Future of Energy

The Department of Energy just gave $100,000 to upstart company Solar Roadways, to develop 12-by-12-foot solar panels, dubbed "Solar Roads," that can be embedded into roads, pumping power into the grid. The panels may also feature LED road warnings and built-in heating elements that could prevent roads from freezing.

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New Battery Could Change The World

In a modest building on the west side of Salt Lake City, a team of specialists in advanced materials and electrochemistry has produced what could be the single most important breakthrough for clean, alternative energy since Socrates first noted solar heating 2,400 years ago.

The prize is the culmination of 10 years of research and testing -- a new generation of deep-storage battery that's small enough, and safe enough, to sit in your basement and power your home.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sun Shades Cool Parking Lots, Pump Out Solar Energy

Add up all the asphalt parking lots surrounding the nation’s malls, offices and commuter hubs, and there’s more than enough blacktop to pave over Connecticut. Envision Solar International hopes to tranform those barren expanses into green-energy oases by erecting forests of “solar trees”. About 12 feet tall, each “tree” is capped with a 1,000 sq-ft canopy covered in solar cells.
Already installed or being built in a handful of California parking areas, Envision’s high-tech sun shades not only make the lots cooler and more comfortable, they generate clean power during daylight hours when it’s most needed. When “planted” in the parking lot of a typical regional shopping mall, a grove of the square-shaped shades can generate up to half a megawatt, enough to power 500 homes.

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Hydrogen Cars Closer to Reality with New Storage System

New Delhi: Hydrogen run cars may soon be a reality for people. The researchers have developed such a system that will make it possible to fill vehicles fuel tank within a few minutes with enough hydrogen to drive 300 miles.

The system uses a fine powder called metal hydride to absorb hydrogen gas. The system's heat exchanger will circulate coolant through tubes and will use fins to remove heat generated as the hydrogen is absorbed by the powder. According to Issam Mudawar, a professor of mechanical engineering who is leading the research the system, overheating stops the absorption of heat successfully.

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Cement That Eats Carbon Dioxide Invented by British Scientists

British engineers have developed a new environmentally friendly cement that is carbon-negative.

Cement, a vast source of planet-warming carbon dioxide, could be transformed into a means of stripping the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, thanks to an innovation from British engineers.

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A Look Inside The Fastest Supercomputer in Europe

What is now the fastest supercomputer in Europe was recently unveiled at a research institute in J├╝lich, Germany. The computer, named Jugene, is capable of a massive one trillion computing operations per second.

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Megenn Power Rotar System

"There is enough energy in high altitude winds to power civilization 100 times over; and sooner or later, we're going to learn to tap into the power of winds and use it to run civilization."Says Ken Caldeira, Professor of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science. (Discovery Channel, Project Earth, Infinite Winds episode)
Magenn Power's high altitude wind turbine called MARS is a Wind Power Anywhere solution with distinct advantages over existing Conventional Wind Turbines and Diesel Generating Systems including: global deployment, lower costs, better operational performance, and greater environmental advantages.

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A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory

Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see.
A group of Spanish researchers reported today in Science that they may have stumbled upon a substance that could become the ultimate memory-enhancer. The group was studying a poorly-understood region of the visual cortex. They found that if they boosted production of a protein called RGS-14 (pictured) in that area of the visual cortex in mice, it dramatically affected the animals' ability to remember objects they had seen.
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UCSD Chemists Develop 'Smart Dust'
Published August 25, 2003, nonetheless, this is very interesting! The image shows smart dust particles surrounded by a drop of hydrophobic liquid in water.
"To create the smart dust, the researchers use chemicals to etch one side of a silicon chip, similar to the chips used in computers, generating a colored mirrored surface with tiny pores. They make this porous surface water repellent, or hydrophobic, by allowing a chemical that is hydrophobic to bind to it. They then etch the other side of the chip to create a porous reflective surface of a different color and expose the surface to air so that it becomes hydrophilic, or attractive to water.

Lower Cost Solar Cells To Be Printed Like Newspaper,,,,,,

Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle "inks" that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.

Brian Korgel, a University of Texas at Austin chemical engineer, is hoping to cut costs to one-tenth of their current price by replacing the standard manufacturing process for solar cells - gas-phase deposition in a vacuum chamber, which requires high temperatures and is relatively on the image to see the complete story.