SOON WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING FROM SAWDUST

This is science at its best: When I was growing up, the only practical use for sawdust was to soak up vomit, but thanks to scientists at a Belgian university who developed a new chemical process, that same sawdust could soon be used in gasoline and other products normally derived from petroleum. Researchers at KU […]

SPRAY-ON SOLAR CELLS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE SOLAR INDUSTRY PRICING STRUCTURE

Research scientists at the University of Sheffield have recently developed a technique to make solar panels even more efficient with the creation of spray-on solar cells. With further research and development, this technology may one day replace traditional bulky solar cells with a spray can. The current solar power market is being handicapped by the […]

UNIVERSITY LOOKING AT USING FOOL’S GOLD [IRON PYRITE] AS A SOLAR MATERIAL

MADISON, Wis. – As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite — a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as fool’s gold — could do the job, but when it works […]

Making kelp a viable source of biofuel just by applying heat

BIO-FUEL FROM SEA SUGAR KELP Sugar kelp yields a lot of bio-oil – if you put the heat on Biofuels may indeed offer a greener alternative to fossil fuels, but they do raise at least one concern – crops grown as biofuel feedstock could take up farmland and use water that would otherwise be used […]

FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELLS STICKERS NOW AN OPTION UNIVERSITY SAYS HERE

FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELLS CAN BE APPLIED LIKE A STICKER Traditionally, thin-film solar cells are made with rigid glass substrates, limiting their potential applications. Flexible versions do exist, although they require special production techniques and/or materials. Now, however, scientists from Stanford University have created thin, flexible solar cells that are made from standard materials – and […]

WIND POWER GENERATION FOR STREET LIGHTING BY USE OF PLENTIFUL BAMBOO BLADES IN STH AMERICA

BAMBOO USED AS WIND TURBINE GENERATION BLADES Grid-powered street lighting is something that many of us take for granted, but there are parts of the world where electricity is a scarce resource and when the sun goes down, local pedestrian traffic in areas where public lighting is not abundant can all-but cease due to safety […]

GLADWRAP BATTERY-WHAT NEXT??

The transparent battery: The possibilities are certainly endless.Perhaps invisible phones. July 29, 2011 – 11:28AM Seeing clearly … Stanford’s transparent lithium-ion battery. Photo: LA Times In the category of people making things you didn’t know you need, researchers at Stanford University have just created a thin, flexible, totally transparent lithium-ion battery. It is about the […]

ENERGY EFFICIENT CARBON FIBRE ELECTRIC MOTORBIKE

Brammo Empulse motorbike employs carbon prepreg to reduce weight 23 May 2011 This year’s lower weight Brammo Empulse electric racing motorbike features structural components made from Amber Composites carbon fibre prepreg. Manufactured by Oregon-based electric vehicle company Brammo Inc, the Empulse sports some design improvements this year, including a new seat assembly and tank made […]

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 […]

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 […]