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Cost-effective EV battery passes German tests, recharges in minutes

Cost-effective EV battery passes German tests, recharges in minutes | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A German company has the attention of the electric vehicle industry and those watching it, having recently documented remarkable claims for its KOLIBRI lithium-metal-polymer battery.


DBM Energy told GM-Volt.com that its design could wind up costing less than the types of batteries used in the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan LEAF, and other EVs while radically exceeding all meaningful performance criteria.


We’re talking potential for reasonably priced electric cars that could travel 300-400 miles on a charge, and be replenished in minutes...

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New lithium-metal-polymer battery developed and tested in Germany. 

As the article says, a battery like this "would mean the future is practically now – not years from now – with safe and durable batteries threatening to relegate petrol cars to merely optional status."

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Screwy-looking wind turbine makes little noise and a big claim

Screwy-looking wind turbine makes little noise and a big claim | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Although it's getting increasingly common to see solar panels on the roofs of homes, household wind turbines are still a fairly rare sight.


If Rotterdam-based tech firm The Archimedes has its way, however, that will soon change. Today the company officially introduced its Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which is said to have an energy yield that is "80 percent of the maximum that is theoretically feasible." That's quite the assertion, given that most conventional wind turbines average around 25 to 50 percent.


That form factor reportedly results in minimal mechanical resistance, allowing it to spin very freely and to operate quietly...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Some better small wind turbine designs are actually becoming available. This turbine made-in-Holland has been tested and is being produced, to be offered for sale from July 2014...

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, June 2, 2014 2:04 PM

Seems attractive to me. Perhaps a bit fragile for Delhi's unpredictable squalls and storms.

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Wow, This Video PROVES That Solar Roadways Are The Future! My Mind Is Blown! (Video 7 min)

Wow, This Video PROVES That Solar Roadways Are The Future! My Mind Is Blown! (Video 7 min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Woah, didn't know all these facts about solar roadways! Crazy cool!
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Solar roadways - way to go...funding campaign athttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways#home


More in-depth information (question and answer) here:

http://solarroadways.com/faq.shtml#faqBase 

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's comment, May 28, 2014 7:36 AM
More about the technology here: http://sco.lt/6e11P7
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Electricity Prices Fall In Europe As German Renewable Energy Increases

Electricity Prices Fall In Europe As German Renewable Energy Increases | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

For the fifth consecutive month, electricity prices in have decreased in Western Europe, due in part to increased solar and wind generation in Germany.


Germany currently gets about 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, and the goal is to increase that number to at least 80 percent by 2050.


German wind and solar output for the first three months of 2014 increased by 40 percent — or 6.5 terawatt-hours — compared with last year, according to the Platts data. Wind power increased 31 percent from the first quarter of 2013, while solar power increased 74 percent from more than a year earlier.


Germany’s combined wind and solar portfolio is more than 70 gigawatts, making them the country’s largest sources of power when measured by installed capacity.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

The Germans are serious about getting off the fossil fuel addiction. They are showing the world that renewable energy can be done...

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Out in the Open: The Tiny Box That Lets You Take Your Data Back From Google | Enterprise | WIRED

Out in the Open: The Tiny Box That Lets You Take Your Data Back From Google | Enterprise | WIRED | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

For open source developer Johannes Ernst, what the world really needs is a simple device that anyone can use to take their data back from the wilds of the internet.


So he designed the Indie Box, a personal web server preloaded with open source software that lets you run your own web services from your home network–and run them with relative ease.


You can’t buy an Indie Box yet, but you can pre-order one through the crowdfunding site Indie GoGo.


The first Indie Box will run off an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and two 1TB hard drives that mirror each other to help protect your data.


Software will include ownCloud, which offers a calendar, address book, and Dropbox-style file sharing; the photo album apps mediagoblin and Trovebox; and the e-mail client Mailpile.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We are finally seeing the de-centralized internet coming together.

Lots of people are working on this, both on software and hardware (like this computer/personal server) to make it a reality.

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New invention makes ocean water drinkable using a weak electric current

New invention makes ocean water drinkable using a weak electric current | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater. Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery. Called electrochemically mediated seawater desalination (EMSD) this technique has improved upon the current water desalination method.


This “water chip” method “could bring relief to millions around the globe who lack potable water.”

This method “is much simpler and consumes less energy than other forms of desalination.”


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is a game-changing technology. Current methods of desalination through membranes require high pressure and consume lots of electricity...

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Mytchel Daley's curator insight, March 26, 2015 5:00 AM

A device like this would certainly be a long awaited piece of technology for those who do not have access to  clean drinking water. Many diseases such as malaria could be prevented by using this device. Saving lives and moving the medical advancement forward with a simple gadget, this is what medical technology is all about. 

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Flying Cars Move From Science Fiction to Present-Day Possibility

Flying Cars Move From Science Fiction to Present-Day Possibility | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

More than 50 years after "The Jetsons" brought flying cars into living rooms across America, the sci-fi fantasy transportation may be closer than ever to becoming reality. Terrafugia, a Massachusetts-based company, has a mission "to combine driving and flying in a new and practical way." Its MIT-trained team has developed...


"Don't think of it as a car that flies," Terrafugia CEO, CTO and co-founder Carl Dietrich told The Detroit Bureau. "Think of it as a plane that drives."

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We have had news of flying cars on and off for years ... none made it to market yet. Let's hope this is the good one that gets the ball rolling.

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How a Dutch team of architects is 3D-printing a full-sized house in Amsterdam (video 4 min)

How a Dutch team of architects is 3D-printing a full-sized house in Amsterdam (video 4 min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Architects in Amsterdam have started building what they say is one of the world's first full-sized 3D-printed houses.


The structure is being built using a plastic heavily based on plant oil.


The team behind the house claim it is a waste-free, eco-friendly way to design and construct the cities of the future.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

3D printing is growing up!

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Nanoporous material combines the best of batteries and supercapacitors

Nanoporous material combines the best of batteries and supercapacitors | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

“Compared with a lithium-ion device, the structure is quite simple and safe,” said Yang Yang, lead author of the paper, in the press release.


“It behaves like a battery but the structure is that of a supercapacitor. If we use it as a supercapacitor, we can charge quickly at a high current rate and discharge it in a very short time. But for other applications, we find we can set it up to charge more slowly and to discharge slowly like a battery.”


To make the battery-supercapacitor hybrid, the Rice team deposited a nickel layer on a backing material. They then etched the nickel layer to create pores five nanometers in diameter. The result is high surface area for storing ions.


After removing the backing, the nickel-based electrode material is wrapped around a solid electrolyte of potassium hyrodroxide in polyvinyl alcohol.


In testing, the researchers found that there was no degradation of the pore structure after 10 000 charge-discharge cycles, or any significant degradation of the electrode-electrolyte interface.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Storing electricity for later use is a factor that imposes limits on what we can do with our technological gadgets. 

If this turns out to be commercially viable, the battery-supercapacitor hybrid being developed could improve things tremendously. 

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New energy source: Blacklight announces sustained production of enormous electrical power from water plasma

New energy source: Blacklight announces sustained production of enormous electrical power from water plasma | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

BlackLight Power, Inc. today announces that it achieved sustained electricity production from a primary new energy source by using photovoltaic technology to transform brilliant plasma, with power comprising millions of watts of light, directly into electricity.


By applying a very high current through its water-based solid fuel in a process called Solid Fuel-Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (SF-CIHT) technology, water ignites into brilliant plasma, a bright flash of extraordinary optical power that has a power density of over a million times that of any prior controllable reaction.


Remarkably, the light emitted from the plasma is nearly a perfect spectral equivalent of the Sun, but at 50,000 times the intensity.


BlackLight Power has now successfully converted the brilliant plasma directly into electricity using photovoltaic cells (solar cells) which have been increasingly perfected to convert the Sun spectrum into electricity for more than five decades costing an estimated $1 trillion.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

If this pans out, and it's not impossible by any means, we have a new, abundant energy source being harnessed...

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, April 17, 2014 4:27 AM

BlackLight Power, Inc. today announces that it achieved sustained electricity production from a primary new energy source by using photovoltaic technology to transform brilliant plasma, with power comprising millions of watts of light, directly into electricity.

 

The proposed 10 MW device that would be 1 ft2, [actually the device is about one cubic feet] would entail a 60-toothed gear spinning at 200 rpm, making the water chamber size a few micro liters, lasting a millisecond, during which two electrodes would create a supersonic-expanding plasma that goes into a magnetohydrodyamic converter, then directly into electricity, cleanly, safely...

There is a video which explains the technology:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuzlyu4czYs&feature=player_embedded

 

AND ANOTHER VIDEO WAS POSTED A SHORT WHILE AGO:

http://www.blacklightpower.com/pv_car-video/

 

 

 

 

Anantharaman Seetharaman's curator insight, April 26, 2014 1:58 PM

Interesting development ; are we inching closer to the new energy source goal ? 

paul babicki's curator insight, April 26, 2014 9:13 PM

This is a wonderful development . . .

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LED LiFi Doubles Transmit Speed

LED LiFi Doubles Transmit Speed | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

pureLiFi, the light communications technology company, that transmits data using light waves from ‘off-the-shelf’ LED bulbs, says they have doubled the previous levels of data ratesLi-Fi enables energy-efficient data transmission using LEDs in light fixtures.


pureLiFi demoed the world’s first commercial Li-Fi product, Li-1st, during March at MWC 2014 and CeBIT 2014. 


“At the Li-Fi centre in Edinburgh, we’ve established that we can still transmit data wirelessly at data rates close to 100 per cent when lights are dimmed to levels where they appear to be switched off altogether.”


“This latest development furthers the case for Li-Fi revolutionising wireless communications, helps keep pureLiFi at the forefront of research and commercialisation and shows that Li-Fi really could be the enabler of the Internet of Everything.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

I think it would be a definite step forward for such a technology to get into wide use.

The signal, transmitted through LED lightbulbs, is imperceptible to human eyes.


Better than microwave...

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Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min

Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world.  It’s called a Madi Drop. Field testing begins this month in South Africa.


What’s created is called a MadiDrop – a ceramic disc infused with silver.


When dropped in water, silver ions, which are atoms that have an electrical charge,, are released to purify the water.  And, testing here at the University of Virginia shows clean, safe water.


“It’s not just about making a really great technology that effectively removes or kills bacteria and pathogens.  It’s about making a low cost, simple to use one, tailored to people in developing countries who don’t have many resources,” said Beeta Ehdaie, a doctoral candidate at UVA.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We need technology that makes the lives of the poor easier - got enough high tech gadgets. Here's a decidedly smart but low tech way of doing water purification...

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Fernando Ortiz's curator insight, March 6, 2014 8:33 AM

This is great news. Something like this can be very helpful throughout the world. Especially countries with the lack of healthy water. However, with the technology of this, I am sure big corporations would try to get a hold of it. The big corporations would try to get a big profit off of this and I'm sure not many people would appreciate this.

David Alexander's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:39 PM

Innovation improving world health.  Now that's a cool thing.

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 13, 2014 3:13 AM

Availability of safe drinking water is a huge problem in India. Once safe well water is now contaminated; so is river water. This technology is appropriate for India as well.

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Seafloor carpet taps power of waves to generate energy (w/video 2min)

Seafloor carpet taps power of waves to generate energy (w/video 2min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

UC Berkeley engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.


For assistant professor Reza Alam, an expert in wave mechanics, the seafloor “carpet” he is proposing will convert ocean waves into usable energy.


“There is a vast amount of untapped energy in the oceans, and with increasing worldwide demand for power, the need to find cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels is critical,” said Alam. “We are also seeing greater population growth along coastal cities, so the ocean-based system we are developing would produce electricity in a carbon-neutral way right where it is needed.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Apparently waves are pretty energy dense and could be used to generate power in a simple way...

"Alam estimated that one square meter of a seafloor carpet system could generate enough electricity to power two U.S. households.


He added that wave energy from just 10 meters of California coastline, or about 100 square meters of a seafloor carpet, could generate the same amount of power as an array of solar panels the size of a soccer field, which covers about 6,400 square meters."

 

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Stephanie Martinez's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:40 PM

its interesting to see what the great minds of this generation have proposed as alternatives to cleaner energy methods. seemingly plausible with little disturbance to any human activity. but what was unsettling to me was the fact that oceanic wildlife was not taken into account and what repercussions this potential project could bring to the organisms currently seeking refuge in the ocean.  

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The dune buggy that can fly - YouTube

SkyRunner is a dune buggy and a power parachute in one. After almost three years in development, it is on track to hit the market later this year.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A simple idea for how to fly without needing a runway or having to go from airport to airport...

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OutRunner - The World's Fastest Robot

OutRunner - The World's Fastest Robot | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Florida-based company Robotics Unlimited has made a new robot called OutRunner. The company claims it is the world's fastest robot.


These robots are biologically-inspired; they emulate the behavior of legged animals by reproducing their step pattern and having a similar mass/length distribution. By having a center of mass lower than the leg axis of rotation, OutRunner robots exploit a buoyancy effect, making them inherently stable and eliminating the need for expensive sensors and complex control algorithms.


Energy efficiency is achieved by exploiting the same feature observed in legged animals; using legs as an energy storage system allows for fluctuation and conservation (and not losses) of potential and kinetic energy during running.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

An interesting advance in robotics - a robot that can actually run - not out of a large university but the result of some genius thinking by a few young guys...

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Focus Fusion: Clean energy for all - an indiegogo funding campaign to empower the world with clean fusion energy

Focus Fusion: Clean energy for all - an indiegogo funding campaign to empower the world with clean fusion energy | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Focus Fusion will be the first pollution-free source of energy that is clean, safe and affordable. Help us change the world for future generations.


We need to raise $200,000 to fund the purchase of new electrodes for the final phase of research, to prove that Focus Fusion works.  And with your help, we can make this incredible breakthrough a reality!

... we’re using the natural instabilities of plasmas to concentrate the energy. We’re using the same processes, like the pinch effect, that occur in solar flares and other astronomical phenomena, but scaling them down to laboratory size.


The government-sponsored programs have been fighting these instabilities. So they have taken a far more difficult route. Ours is much easier since we are using natural processes, not fighting them...




Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Although there is no guarantee yet that this will develop into a commercially available technology, there is great potential in the process.


If the demonstration of excess power from fusion comes out positive, it could radically change the energy landscape.


They've raised $73,000 of their $200,000 goal to conduct the final experiment of three to provide cheap, clean and decentralized fusion energy to everyone - Donate if you can...

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The Iranian Drones That Save Lives - YouTube

We've seen how drones can be a crucial asset to search and rescue operations, but Iran's RTS Lab has taken an entirely new angle. RTS's Pars drone carries a payload of life preservers that can be delivered to a drowning swimmer far faster than a lifeguard.


As we saw in testing in the Caspian Sea, the drone can also work at night, using bright lights, biothermal sensors, and a built-in camera to stream video to rescuers on shore.

The concept works well, and it's an excellent example of how powerful drones—which are cheaper and easier to use than just about any other aerial delivery vehicle—can actually be. Here in the US, where the FAA remains steadfast in its desire to squelch the nascent commercial drone industry, this Iranian drone built of Chinese parts sets an example of what can be done when we set our eyes to the skies to do good.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Who would have thought it ... drones that actually can save lives.

Made in ... Iran. 

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Enclosed tube maglev (magnetically levitated train) system tested in China - could one day be faster than airplanes

Enclosed tube maglev (magnetically levitated train) system tested in China - could one day be faster than airplanes | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The researcher, Dr Deng Zigang, is focused on developments for a high speed train system of the future.


His superspeed train concept involves an enclosed vacuum tube vehicle. Air is the limiting factor on making even faster high-speed trains, but vacuum tubes let even a low-power vessel operate at enormously high speeds.


Maglevs make for very fast and smooth journeys but currently, speeds are limited due to the excessive air resistance encountered at these speeds.


Are we looking at the future of train travel?


Lidija Grozdanic in Thursday's Inhabitat commented on the significance of his work: With regular maglevs, more than 83 percent of traction energy is wasted through air resistance at speeds higher than 250mph. Zigang has a tube that lowers air pressure in the running environment to one tenth of normal.


Zigang said trains could reach speeds of up to 1,800 mph (2,897 km/h). 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Trains that can reach 1800 miles per hour, about three times air speed of today's planes? Sounds good, and they would be much more energy efficient and less polluting than our current transports.

The report brings to mind a proposal made decades ago. It was to build tunnels from city to city that don't follow the earth's curvature but cut straight through from start to destination. Trains in such tunnels could use gravity to help them accelerate and travel at incredible speeds...

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Mytchel Daley's curator insight, March 26, 2015 4:55 AM

Transport that has little impact environmentally and can get people across vast distances is astonishing. The future of transport technology is not just about cars, public transport is a major component as well. 

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Crowdfunding of a 3D Printer for building a Magnetic Motor

Crowdfunding of a 3D Printer for building a Magnetic Motor | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The reasons for setting up this funding campaign:


1. To raise funds for the purchase of a 3D printer, so I can build a 3D Magnetic Motor. 


2.To share with the world, that we are only steps away, from creating an open source magnetic motor, that anyone can build, for powering their own home.

In the picture below you will see the prototype and working unit of Wasif Kahloon from Pakistan. 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

I believe Wasif Kahloon's is one of the first real workable designs for a motor driven entirely by permanent magnets, pushing against each other's fields in a way that maintains an imbalance to make that rotation happen. 

Could be a very valid way forward for distributed energy generation... 

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The artificial leaf that could power the world using sunlight, water and some catalysts to split water

The artificial leaf that could power the world using sunlight, water and some catalysts to split water | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

As Daniel Nocera gazed down on one of his experiments in what has come to be known as the "holy grail" of energy research, his response was to shrug:


"Oh, that can't be right."

It was a glass of tap water with a thumb-sized strip of silicon floating in it. When he held the glass up to the light, the strip began to gently bubble.

It seemed to be splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Simple and efficient - producing hydrogen and oxygen from water by use of light and catalysts.

They say electricity is cheap and no one wants the new technology, so Nocera is setting his sights on the developing world...

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Crowd Energy seeks funding for vertical axis Ocean Energy Turbine - Renewable energy from ocean currents

Crowd Energy seeks funding for vertical axis Ocean Energy Turbine - Renewable energy from ocean currents | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The Ocean Energy Turbine is important because it is the first renewable energy system designed to effectively harness ocean currents on a commercial scale.


Globally, ocean currents can provide the power to completely replace the worlds dependance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.


The quantity of energy available from ocean energy greatly exceeds that of wind and solar. Ocean energy production is also a consistent reliable source of energy, whereas solar and wind power are limited by the availability of sun and wind.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

I like their design and the professional prototyping. 

The turbine can tap the huge energy potential of moving water in ocean currents without disturbing the marine eco-system. 


It can supply power constantly, 24/7/365

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Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries...


“Some molecules, known as photoswitches, can assume either of two different shapes, as if they had a hinge in the middle,” MIT researchers said in statement about their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry.


“Exposing them to sunlight causes them to absorb energy and jump from one configuration to the other, which is then stable for long periods of time.”


To liberate that energy all you have to do is expose the molecules to a small amount of light, heat or electricity and when they switch back to the other shape they emit heat.


“In effect, they behave as rechargeable thermal batteries: taking in energy from the sun, storing it indefinitely, and then releasing it on demand.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A new way of capturing and storing energy from sunlight. Photoswitches are not ready for prime time yet, but the principle has been demonstrated.

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Mytchel Daley's curator insight, March 26, 2015 5:03 AM

The most difficult part about solar energy is when solar is no longer available. It would be easier if the sun never set, but that is not the case. This form of containing solar energy is still in very early stages but has been shown that it is probable. This is a great step forward to ensuring that solar energy is as efficient as fossil fuel.  

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A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water

A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Vittori hopes to have two WarkaTowers erected in Ethiopia by 2015 and is looking for financial rainmakers who'd like to seed these tree-inspired structures across the country.


His stunning water towers stand nearly 30 feet tall and can collect over 25 gallons of potable water per day by harvesting atmospheric water vapor.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Great design and great technology ... water from the air!

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Stephanie Martinez's curator insight, April 3, 2014 11:07 AM

this sounds like a good concept and coming from a great place to help out this community but you also have to take in consideration the bugs that can potentially contaminate the water by easily getting through the mesh barrier. As well as the deterioration of the mesh, constructed of plastic, the sun would deem this fabric useless in under a year. so the maintenance required to keep this project working and collecting clean water. 

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Solar Hydrogen Trends produced a reactor - 400 times over-unity?

Solar Hydrogen Trends produced a reactor - 400 times over-unity? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Solar Hydrogen Trends Inc. invented a Hydrogen Reactor.


The technology provides multifactorial hydrogen reactor design with elevated hydrogen production due to a set of sixteen (16) physical and chemical processes, acting simultaneously on the hydrogen bonds. The hydrogen reactor uses water as main fuel and its emissions are 100% clean (clean air).


The technology is non-volatile and produces free flowing hydrogen which can be compressed or used to convert to another form of energy.


The technology can be used as a free standing electrically powered device to produce unlimited amount of hydrogen at world’s cheapest rates or as a “bolt-on” hybrid solution.


On input of 500 watts, the mini reactor produces an output of 2,797 cubic feet of hydrogen per hour (electricity equivalent 221.5 kWh), at cost of $1.80

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This will be interesting to follow.

If what they claim is true and the reactor puts out many times the input equivalent in hydrogen, it may change the way we see energy as a scarce commodity...


Update: There is now some interesting discussion around the issue, collected in the article linked here...

http://revolution-green.com/hydrogen-production-breakthrough/ ;

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 17, 2014 3:31 AM

This may be a game changer. On an input of 500 watt [5 x 100 watt light bulb], this contraption generates 221.5 kilowatt per hour. 443 times? At a cost US$ 1.80?

Enter the politics of energy. Will the London banksters allow this technology to ever see daylight?

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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns. “Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.”
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:
Concentrating solar energy ... providing electricity and process heat which can be used to desalinate water. One more instrument to help us get off the fossil fuel addiction and find more clean ways to make our energy...
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Scott Baker's curator insight, March 3, 2014 10:28 AM

Well, we just ended the fresh water crisis.  Next problem, please :)

Seriously though, we will need the proper economic incentives - like true pricing of water - to make this happen.  Otherwise, we will have water wars, shortages, and drought instead.

David Carvalho's curator insight, March 21, 2014 6:02 PM

... Et c'est beau