WASTE HEAT NOW ABLE TO BE REUSED IN CAR EXHAUSTS

Researchers create material to more efficiently harness wasted heat By Darren Quick 20:28 January 18, 2011 Thermoelectric materials offer the potential to harness electricity from otherwise wasted heat. Continuing research in the field could yield applications scavenging energy from vehicle exhaust systems, industrial processes and equipment, and even sunlight. Now researchers have created a material with […]

CREATING COATINGS VIA PHOTOCOPIES FOR POSSIBLE USE FOR SOLAR COLLECTING

High school teacher creates microfluidic devices using a photocopier By Ben Coxworth 13:23 January 24, 2011 A high school physics teacher has invented a method of producing microfluidic devices, using little else than a photocopier and transparency film Microfluidic technology, in which liquid is made to pass through “microchannels” that are often less than a millimeter […]

WIND FARMS NEED UNITS FURTHER APART TO GAIN EFFICIENCY

Less is more for cost-efficient wind farming By Darren Quick 16:46 January 23, 2011 A wind tunnel on the Homewood campus the researchers used to experiment with variables such as the correct spacing of wind turbines (Image: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu) While there are increasing numbers of large wind farms being built around the world, many of these […]

MOTH EYES FINDINGS HELP CREATE A SUPERIOR SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTION FILM

Moth eye-inspired material now boosts efficiency of solar cells By Ben Coxworth 21:03 January 23, 2011 In order for a solar cell to be as efficient as possible, the last thing it should be is reflective – after all, light should be getting absorbed by it, not being bounced off. With that in mind, a few […]

IKEA USA STORE TO GO SOLAR WITH 250 KILOWATT ROOFTOP SYSTEM USING 1,200 PANELS

Calif. Ikea store to go to solar power COSTA MESA, Calif. (UPI) — Home furnishings giant Ikea says it will light one of its Southern California stores using solar panels if the city of Costa Mesa, Calif., approves. Khanh Nguyen, a Costa Mesa building official , said the Swedish chain applied last week for a […]

CHEAPER WAY TO DISPERSE EFFLUENT WATER

New water treatment system saves space and reduces costs August 9, 2007 A new waste water treatment system may soon be available for commercial and governmental use which would reduce the costs associated with treating water, produce higher quality water than currently available systems and significantly reduce the size of land needed to house treatment […]

SUNLIGHT USE TO STERILIZE WATER

Microfluidics and sunlight combined to purify water By Ben Coxworth 17:24 January 16, 2011 It has been known for some time now that sunlight can be used to purify drinking water. The practice of Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) basically involves just leaving water sitting in direct sunlight, where a combination of heat and UV rays […]

AUSTRALIA HAS THE LARGEST WIND FARM IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere to be built in Australia The largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere will be built in Australia at Macarthur near Hamilton, 260km west of Melbourne, Victoria. Comprising 140 Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine generators, the 420 MW Macarthur Wind Farm will have the capacity to power more […]

EQUIPMENT TURNING SEWERAGE TO USEFUL PHOSPHORUS

Ostara reactors harvest phosphorus from raw sewage Here’s something rather important that you might not know: there may be a worldwide phosphorus shortage within the next few decades. The majority of the world’s phosphorus is currently mined from non-renewable phosphate rock deposits, and widely used in crop fertilizers. Scientists have begun to question just how […]

BIO DOMES POO-GLOOS TREAT SEWERAGE CHEAPLY & EFFECTIVELY

Poo-Gloos treat sewage as quickly and effectively as mechanical plants, but cheaper Poo isn’t something generally talked about in polite company but like it or not, all of that human waste has to go somewhere. In smaller rural communities, it usually goes to wastewater lagoon systems; the alternative is mechanical treatment plants which process waste […]