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[Video] Solar heating - Brilliant Newfoundlander Invents the Solution!

Jim Meaney, owner of Cansolair Inc. displays how he converts pop cans into a powerful solar heating panel.

 

 

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Solar road technology comes to Route 66

Solar road technology comes to Route 66 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Solar Roadways' dreams of sunlight-gathering paths are one step closer to taking shape. Missouri's Department of Transportation is aiming to install a test version of the startup's solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway.

 

Okay, it won't be on Route 66 just yet, but that's not the point -- the goal is to see whether or not the technology is viable enough that it could safely be used on regular streets. You should see it in action toward the end of the year. 

 

The tiles will be familiar if you've followed Solar Roadways before. Each one combines a solar cell with LED lighting, a heating element and tempered glass that's strong enough to support the weight of a semi-trailer truck. If successful, the panels will feed the electrical grid (ideally paying for themselves) and make the roads safer by both lighting the way as well as keeping the roads free of rain and snow.

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Solar panel glass tiles incorporated into sidewalks and eventually roads ... coming soon.

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Bir Magnet Motor - a simple permanent magnet motor (Video 3 min) 

A demonstration - without spoken comment - of a very simple permanent magnet setup that naturally rotates and doing so produces some electric energy...

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One of those things that lead me to believe we will have all the energy we need ... once we understand how to tap magnetic fields for motion.

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Gravitational diode could lead to futuristic Star Trek technologies - From teleportation to highly efficient energy generation

Gravitational diode could lead to futuristic Star Trek technologies - From teleportation to highly efficient energy generation | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A very interesting press release appeared yesterday morning that was brought to our attention. A startup company, Gravitomagnetism, LLC, was granted a patent that enables it a multitude of applications ranging from energy generation to teleportation. 

 

"Imagine one day having a wind-up watch-sized device that could power your entire house, your boat, your car and your airplane." - Michael Boyd, Gravitomagnetism, LLC 

 

As one Redditor put it: 

 

“So, in other words, this patent describes a device that can be built to produce energy from gravity, propulsion without propellant (using gravity, or antigravity), a means to convert matter into energy and back again without changing the original configuration of matter, or the ability to convert energy into another form and beam it to another location where it can be converted back into the original form.

 

So, in essence, yes. Star Trek.”

 

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An electronic component that can manipulate the effects of gravity... something to watch.

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Mechanic Hamid invented an engine that uses air as fuel

Mechanic Hamid invented an engine that uses air as fuel | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Do we ever think that air can be used as fuel to run an engine? 

 

Well Hamid, a mechanic from UP has designed such an engine that run on air as a fuel, according to a report published in News18. 

 

Hamid, a resident of Basod village, of Baghpat has developed an engine that has a power of 2-horse power. Hamid after spending 10 years of his life completed the project. 


According to Hamid, this engine can be used as a generator and to run the car with no use of diesel or petrol. 

 

The engine has two air tanks which helps it to run. He is also making an attempt to modify the engine where it can reprocess used air itself to use it as a fuel. 


Hamid says regrets lack of support from the district authorities. “I haven’t got any financial help to design the engine in a better way.”

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Maybe someone should give this guy a hand... 

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Charged EVs | Toyota R&D team improves free piston linear generators

Charged EVs | Toyota R&D team improves free piston linear generators | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Unlike a traditional internal combustion engine, which propels a drive shaft, a free piston engine linear generator (FPEG) is designed to generate electricity directly. Magnets attached to the piston move within a linear coil, converting kinetic energy to electrical energy. 

 

A team from Toyota Central R&D Labs presented a prototype FPEG in 2014. Now the Toyota researchers have developed a new FPEG control method that improves the stability and flexibility of the piston motion control.

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These are a kind of mini generators - very small and light - they could provide a continuous re-charge of electric vehicle batteries while driving...

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Forget Elon Musk's Batteries—Let's Fix the Grid With a Rock-Filled Train on a Hill

Forget Elon Musk's Batteries—Let's Fix the Grid With a Rock-Filled Train on a Hill | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The Advanced Rail Energy Storage is a 19th century solution for a 21st century problem. 

 

In April, the Bureau of Land Management approved an ARES—that’s Advanced Rail Energy Storage—project, conceived by a Santa Barbara-based energy startup called, well, ARES. By 2019, ARES operations head Francesca Cava says, the facility will occupy 106 acres in the excellently-named town of Pahrump, Nevada. By running a train up and down a hill, ARES can help utilities add to and subtract from the grid as needed.

 

The Nevada project has a power capacity of 50 megawatts and can produce 12.5 megawatt-hours of energy. That’s relatively large, especially compared to a lot of battery storage projects. But it might not be large enough to make money. “Fifty megawatts doesn’t get us to economies of scale,” ARES CEO James Kelly admitted in an interview with UtilityDive. “We are more efficient as we get larger.”

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Storing energy by moving a heavy train upwards against gravity and recovering the energy as it comes back down into the valley... not saying it doesn't work, but it seems awfully heavy and expensive.

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Small, cheap gravity gadget to peer underground - BBC News

Small, cheap gravity gadget to peer underground - BBC News | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

UK researchers have built a small device that measures tiny fluctuations in gravity, and could be used to monitor volcanoes or search for oil. 

 

Such gravimeters already exist but compared to this postage stamp-sized gadget, they are bulky and pricy.

The new design is based on the little accelerometers found in smartphones...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is a big upgrade on our ability to work with gravity ... a simple and small and extremely sensitive instrument to measure gravity changes... there must be a thousand uses for that!

 

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Next Big Future: Spanish company Graphenano claims Graphene Polymer batteries with triple the energy density of lithium ion and commercialization by end of 2016

Next Big Future: Spanish company Graphenano claims Graphene Polymer batteries with triple the energy density of lithium ion and commercialization by end of 2016 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Something seems to be moving on the battery front...Graphenano is a Spanish company based in Yecla (Murcia) and they have presented their graphene polymer battery that can largely solve obstacles to the development of the electric car.

They have a partnership with the Chinese company Chint. Chint paid 18 million euros for 10% of the Spanish company.

Grabat Energy, a subsidiary of Graphenano will have a plant in Yecla with 20 production lines. They will produce 80 million battery cells. In this first phase, Grabat will have 200 employees and an investment of 30 million euros, contributed equally by Chint and Graphenano.

The second phase will be much more ambitious. The Chinese company will contribute 350 million euros to Graphenano make a second factory in Yecla. They will form a joint venture to market their products in China. It is expected to have a global revenue exceeding 3 billion and 5,000 employees. They will have batteries for home, mobile, aircraft also produce for bicycles, motorbikes, cars and drones. Grabat has achieved a battery with a range of 800 kilometers and a weight of just 100 kilograms that can be loaded into a conventional outlet only one - third the time required by a lithium-ion-lithium equivalent (which are riding automakers in their electric models). Mario Martinez said in a high-density plug "could be loaded in just five minutes."

Adapted to a car like the Tesla Model S, graphene polymer batteries would increase range from 334 to 1,013 kilometers. In a Nissan Leaf range would increase from 250 to 546 kilometers on a single charge.

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Something seems to be moving on the battery front...

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Guillaume Bousson's curator insight, March 16, 3:37 PM

Something seems to be moving on the battery front...

Kazimierz Borkowski's curator insight, March 18, 10:30 AM

Something seems to be moving on the battery front...

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Barsha pump provides irrigation water, but doesn't need fuel

Barsha pump provides irrigation water, but doesn't need fuel | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Although the Barsha pump (Nepalese for "rain pump") is a new product, it's based on a very old design – it has its origins in ancient Egypt. 


The pump itself is essentially a water wheel on a floating platform, that's moored in a nearby flowing river. The moving water rotates the wheel, that in turn utilizes a spiral mechanism to drive water through an attached hose and up to the fields...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Anywhere there is a flowing river, you can have an irrigation pump that runs on ... water. 

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Eternal 5D Data Storage Could Record the History of Humankind

Eternal 5D Data Storage Could Record the History of Humankind | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years. 


Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser writing.  


The storage allows unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190°C ) opening a new era of eternal data archiving.


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That could be a data storage revolution... some years ahead.

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France to Pave 1,000 Km of Solar Road, Providing 5 Million With Power

France to Pave 1,000 Km of Solar Road, Providing 5 Million With Power | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The French government has unveiled plans to pave 1,000 Kilometres (621 Miles) of the country’s roads with solar panels over the next five years, which will ultimately supply power to millions of people.
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After the Dutch made a solar bike path a year or two ago, the French now say they'd like to pave a thousand kilometres of road to supply power to the grid...

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Norman Allen Howard's curator insight, February 16, 11:24 AM

American infrastructure is in dire need of reinvestment. I hope that tech such as this will play a role in making our infrastructure 'smart' for the following century.

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Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones

Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Apple to make future iPhones compatible with a cutting-edge technology that has the capability to transmit data at 100 times the speed of WiFi, suggests the code found within the iOS firmware. 

Apple may ship future iPhones with Li-Fi capabilities, a new technology that may end up replacing the widely-used Wi-Fi in the future technology. 

Beginning with iOS 9.1 update, the operating system's source code makes mention of "LiFiCapability" alongside declarations to other hardware and software capabilities, hinting that Apple may be experimenting with ways to integrate Li-Fi technology with future iPhones models.
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LiFi - or data transmission by light is both faster and less damaging to living organisms than WiFi, which uses microwave frequencies.

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Orbo Cells Followup - Solid State Energy Generating Cells for phones and device charging

http://www.orbo.com

https://www.facebook.com/thebatteryisdead/


This is a Video on the Orbo trickle-charging system, which explains how this is not a battery but a stand-alone solid state energy generation device. The video is commented by Stefan Hartmann of overunity.com

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To my knowledge this is the first available solid state energy generation system that is being produced and is available for purchase... a bit pricey yet but the technology is revolutionary.

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A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Maker Built It In Weeks

A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Maker Built It In Weeks | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

What if cars weren't mass produced? Local Motors, a small-batch auto manufacturer, relies on an online design community and a "co-creation" business model to bring new vehicles to market, really fast. 

 

Olli is Local Motors' latest. And it's different: It's a self-driving system rather than a vehicle, an app-solicited shuttle bus powered by the learning and predictive computer technology of IBM's Watson — all targeted at cities or companies rather than individual buyers. 

 

Some 100 partner companies helped make Olli a reality. But before the curvy, puffy reversible minibus became Olli, it started as a boxy sketch and was at one point called "Edgar 8," after its designer. 

 

"This is the first time that I see a product that I designed, to see it in a real scale," Sarmiento says.

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A self-driving minibus that can be called with an app ... built from design to the real thing in record time... Local Cars made it possible.

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Man builds 100mpg engine using 200-year-old technology

Man builds 100mpg engine using 200-year-old technology | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Josh “Mac” MacDowell took a 200-year-old Stirling engine, added some 21st-century technology and created a Hybrid electric car capable of 100MPG.
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This is reminiscent of a similar proposal for garbage trucks - electric motors and a small gas turbine to top up the batteries. Here we have a (very efficient) Sterling motor producing the electricity...

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Metal Foam Electrodes Split Water With Unprecedented Efficiency

Metal Foam Electrodes Split Water With Unprecedented Efficiency | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

By coating nickel foam with a nickel-iron nanosheets, scientists have made an efficient catalyst that could be used to produce hydrogen at the industrial scale.

 

“Our electrode is the most efficient oxygen-producing electrode in alkaline electrolytes reported to date, to the best of our knowledge,” says Associate Professor Chuan Zhao, from the University of New South Wales School of Chemistry.

 

“It is inexpensive, sturdy and simple to make, and can potentially be scaled up for industrial application of water splitting.”

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Materials scientists working on highly efficient catalysts to help produce hydrogen from water... envision abundant, cheap hydrogen as fuel..

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Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs 

Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs  | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Ever since the EU restricted sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, homeowners have complained about the shortcomings of their energy-efficient replacements. 

The clinical white beam of LEDs and frustrating time-delay of 'green' lighting has left many hankering after the instant, bright warm glow of traditional filament bulbs. 

But now scientists in the US believe they have come up with a solution which could see a reprieve for incandescent bulbs. 

Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through. 

They refer to the technique as 'recycling light' because the energy which would usually escape into the air is redirected back to the filament where it can create new light. 

"It recycles the energy that would otherwise be wasted," said Professor Marin Soljacic.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is still deep in research - super efficient incandescent bulbs, their light and efficiency better than both neon and LED.

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Electricity from seawater: New method efficiently produces hydrogen peroxide for fuel cells

Electricity from seawater: New method efficiently produces hydrogen peroxide for fuel cells | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists have used sunlight to turn seawater (H2O) into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which can then be used in fuel cells to generate electricity. It is the first photocatalytic method of H2O2 production that achieves a high enough efficiency so that the H2O2 can be used in a fuel cell.

 

The biggest advantage of using liquid H2O2 instead of gaseous hydrogen (H2), as most fuel cells today use, is that the liquid form is much easier to store at high densities.

 

"In the future, we plan to work on developing a method for the low-cost, large-scale production of H2O2 from seawater," Fukuzumi said. "This may replace the current high-cost production of H2O2 from H2 (from mainly natural gas) and O2."

 

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-05-electricity-seawater-method-efficiently-hydrogen.html#jCp

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Hydrogen peroxide to be used in fuel cells does not seem like a bad idea. It's non-toxic, and if it can be produced using sunlight, it may well have a future.

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Excellent Geopolitical Cold Fusion (LENR or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) Analysis by Doug Marker | Sifferkoll®

Excellent Geopolitical Cold Fusion (LENR or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) Analysis by Doug Marker | Sifferkoll® | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

In looking at the Rossi eCat ‘ERV’ report claims as published by Andrea Rossi, [it is clear that] few people that I know of expected the claimed results to include a COP [or Coefficient of Performance] of 50. I think most if not all, who expected any results at all, imagined it might average out at at least 3 but optimistically up to 6.

 

The announcement that it reached 50 for such a long period of the test was stunning to say the least. A COP of 50 is not a simple advance, it would be spectacular and if accepted today, an energy game-changer and a perfect example of a ‘disruptive’ technology. One that has the potential in a very short period to shift the way energy is created and used...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Cold Fusion is very much alive and it might be the energy game changer we had hoped for when the first announcement by Fleichman and Pons was greeted with hostility and ridicule...

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Game ON: the end of the old economic system is in sight

Game ON:  the end of the old economic system is in sight | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Google is a pioneer in limited artificial general intelligence (aka computers that can learn w/o preprogramming them).

One successful example is AlphaGo. It just beat this Go Grandmaster three times in a row. What makes this win interesting...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A computer program designed to learn a skill from scratch ... and to excel at it. Potentially quite disruptive to our economy ... jobs are not going to be plentiful. What to do? Perhaps some form of basic income ...

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, March 14, 7:05 PM

A computer program designed to learn a skill from scratch ... and to excel at it. Potentially quite disruptive to our economy ... jobs are not going to be plentiful.

 

Some form of basic income seems to be almost unavoidable ...

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A computer program designed to learn a skill from scratch ... and to excel at it. Potentially quite disruptive to our economy ... jobs are not going to be plentiful. What to do? Perhaps some form of basic income ...

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Riversimple launches Rasa, a hydrogen-powered city car for the masses

Riversimple launches Rasa, a hydrogen-powered city car for the masses | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A new hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle prototype has been launched with a claimed fuel economy equivalent to 250 mpg (0.9 L/100km).


Dubbed "Rasa," the new car has a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque shell, in-wheel electric motors, a bank of supercapacitors charged by braking-regeneration, and a host of other features that enable it to travel up to a claimed 300 miles (483 km) on just a 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) tank of hydrogen.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Hydrogen electric cars ... now if they could make that 3.3 lb tank small and exchangeable, the problem of scarcity of refuelling stations would be solved - we could just take a few filled tanks along for the trip...

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Singapore’s first home-grown hypercar: The 1500-horsepower, all-electric Dendrobium

Singapore’s first home-grown hypercar: The 1500-horsepower, all-electric Dendrobium | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Singapore's first home-grown hypercar is in development by a new company called Vanda Electric.


The Dendrobium, named for a Singaporean orchid, is an ambitious project that's projected to make some 1,500 horsepower, 4,000 Nm of torque and a blistering 0-100 km/h time around 2.6 seconds.


With the Williams Advanced Engineering team on board and some10 million Singapore $ in capital behind it, it looks likely that we'll get our first glimpse of a full-sized prototype in Geneva in 2017.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Why cars will be electric in the future...

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Why cars will be electric in the future...

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ELFE - the world's first free energy flashlight

When the ADGEX team of scientists started looking into the world of energy management, they were struck by a crazy thought. Why do we need to keep making billions of toxic batteries when there is an endless supply of energy being emitted from the earths magnetic fields; from solar radiation; and from environmental and industrial electromagnetic noise?


If only someone could work out how to use this massive supply of energy to power our small devices. Guess what? Our scientists worked it out!


ELFE is a world first, in a line of products, that uses a processor we call ‘The Adgex Accumulator‘. Via the use of the ‘Adgex Accumlator’ ELFE taps into the earth’s energy supplies and converts that power into usable energy. -


See more at: http://trade.adgex.com.au/elfe#sthash.W4VReJww.dpuf

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A flashlight that doesn't need a change of batteries or a re-charge. Takes energy from the electromagnetic fields present in our environment... 

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The telescope gets its first major upgrade in centuries (w/ video 4min)

The telescope gets its first major upgrade in centuries (w/ video 4min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Lockheed Martin is working on new technology that promises to drastically reduce the size of telescopes needed to see a long distance 


Like an eye, the telescope collects light, and that light is then reflected to form an image. If you want to use one to see a really long way - into the depths of space, say - you'll need a really big one. 


“We can only scale the size and weight of telescopes so much before it becomes impractical to launch them into orbit and beyond...” 


Lockheed Martin's new system SPIDER, (or 'Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-optical Reconnaissance') does away with the large lenses or mirrors found in traditional  telescopes and replaces them with hundreds or thousands of tiny lenses. 


Dr Duncan says: "SPIDER could offer the ability to do things we simply can't do today. It could offer a lot of commercial, terrestrial and defence applications as well. Anywhere there's an optical imaging system there's the potential to take advantage of this technology."



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Space telescopes is the first application for this tech but there will be many special imaging applications that find their way out into the world...

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Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through... 


 

The Energy Saving Trust calculates that typical living room usage of a 60-watt incandescent lightbulb over a year would cost £7.64. Using an equivalent energy efficient fluorescent or ‘CFL’ lightbulb would cost £1.53 per year, while an LED would cost just £1.27. 


But if the new bulbs live up to expectations they would cost under 50p a year to run and even improve health. 


Previously researchers have warned that the blue light emitted by modern bulbs could be stopping people from getting to sleep at night and campaigners have expressed concerns about the dangerous chemicals they contain.



Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It looks like our lighting technology needs more work. The energy saving and LED lamps aren't ideal. Here's a possible future comeback of the incandescent bulb.

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