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Innovative institute is making new recyclable resin for wind turbines

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018

A consortium comprising of industry, government, and academic institutions is developing a new resin to be used for wind turbines. The resin that is currently used for the fibreglass on wind turbines requires a lot of energy usage to create it, and is not recyclable. The Institute for Advanced Composite …

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A Mexican Village Where Aztec-Era Agriculture Remains

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018

As twilight hits the southern edge of Mexico City, campesinos (peasant farmers) glide through narrow canals between pastures as they make their way over the water to deliver crates of produce. It’s January, the middle of the dry season, and through the slopes of the surrounding hills and volcanoes, desiccated lettuce and spinach fill …

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China’s Really Big Air Purifier Actually Seems To Work!

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The world’s biggest air purifier has been constructed in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, which is located in the northern part of the country. Standing 100 meters high, the tower uses heat from the sun to create an upward flow of air which passes through multiple filters inside. Cao …

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Shark skin could carry the secrets to more efficient airplanes and wind turbines

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Researchers have long looked to the shark for inspiration for improvements in fluid dynamics. The animals have been roaming the seas for 400 million years and have their very efficient movements to show for it. In previous studies, scientists have looked to shark skin for ways to reduce drag in …

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Inyenyeri – “Tea Time”

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

A curious demonstration highlighting the many benefits of the Inyenyeri stove and fuel system in Rwanda.

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Phytoremediation

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Phytoremediation is a form of bioremediation and applies to all chemical or physical processes that involve plants for degrading or immobilizing contaminants in soil and groundwater. The word (which does not roll off the tongue) actually makes sense. It comes from the Greek word phyto meaning “plant” and the Latin word remedium meaning “restoring balance.” When …

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Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier’s solar-powered DC03

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The SunGlacier team has designed a solar-powered, water maker based on Peltier technology that operates without needing batteries or a current inverter. By employing a photovoltaic panel, the X-model generates power for an 18W Peltier element, which cools an aluminum block to below the ambient dew point. This innovative concept …

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Clean your house naturally with ‘The Modern Organic Home’

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Using just a few key ingredients, this book can teach you how to scour everything from dirty ovens to leather boots to ceiling fans. The Internet abounds with recipes for homemade cleaning products, but sometimes it’s nice just to have everything in one place. A new book called The Modern Organic …

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Hanergy’s thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

China-based Hanergy just launched the highest efficiency single-junction solar panel ever created. Hanergy’s US-based subsidiary Alta Devices produced the module, which has a 25.1 percent conversion efficiency and is capable of powering drones, electric vehicles and sensors. Solar modules from subsidiaries Solibro and MiaSole have also broken efficiency records – double glass CIGS solar modules at …

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Your gadget’s next power supply? Your body

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Searching for a power outlet may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, devices will receive electricity from a small metallic tab that, when attached to the body, is capable of generating electricity from bending a finger and other simple movements. That’s the idea behind a collaborative research project …

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