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Not just blowing in the wind: Compressing air for renewable energy storage

Not just blowing in the wind: Compressing air for renewable energy storage | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A comprehensive study into the potential for compressed air energy storage in the Pacific Northwest has identified two locations in Washington state that could store enough wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each month.
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Compressed air is an ideal way to store energy from those modern day windmills. 

 

The method tends to equal out periods of much wind with those lacking it, and is able to deliver a constant flow of electricity to the net. 

 

It could be made even more efficient if the wind mills would directly compress the air, instead of a triple conversion of wind to electricity, electricity to compressed air and compressed air back to electricity. Each step loses some of the energy...

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Energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy

Energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A visionary idea called STRAWSCRAPER, the first project to come out of the  business called Belatchew Labs. STRAWSCRAPER is an extension of the south tower on Södermalm in Stockholm with a new energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy.

 

Belatchew Architects want to give South tower its original proportions and at the same time explore new technologies to create the future of urban wind farming.

 

By using piezoelectric technology a large number of thin ribs produce electricity only through the small movements generated by the wind. The result opens up possibilities for how buildings can produce energy in the future. Surfaces on both existing and new buildings can suddenly be converted into energy producing units.

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Let a thousand energy producing technologies bloom...

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, May 18, 2013 12:22 PM

Stockholm goodness.

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Swedish Documentary on Andrea Rossi's Ecat - controllable fusion energy!

Swedish TVs show "Vetenskapens Värld" (The World of Science) Documentary about Cold Fusion and Andrea Rossi.

We get to see interviews with Andrea Rossi, Mats Lewan, Sven Kullander, Hanno Essen, Magnus Holm.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Lots of official "disbelief" is still greeting this revolutionary technology, which has the potential to radically change the energy landscape, to eventually allow us to put burning carbon-based fossil fuels to rest. 

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IBM Solar Collector Concentrates Light with the Power of 2,000 Suns

IBM Solar Collector Concentrates Light with the Power of 2,000 Suns | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A team of IBM researchers is working on a solar concentrating dish that will be able to collect 80% of incoming sunlight and convert it to useful energy.

 

The High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal system will be able to concentrate the power of 2,000 suns while delivering fresh water and cool air wherever it is built.

 

As an added bonus, IBM states that the system would be just one third the cost third of current comparable technologies.

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Some progress on concentrated solar thermal energy generation ... coming from IBM this time.

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'Artificial leaf' gains the ability to self-heal damage and produce energy from dirty water

'Artificial leaf' gains the ability to self-heal damage and produce energy from dirty water | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Nocera, leader of the research team, explained that the “leaf” mimics the ability of real leaves to produce energy from sunlight and water. The device, however, actually is a simple catalyst-coated wafer of silicon, rather than a complicated reproduction of the photosynthesis mechanism in real leaves.

 

Dropped into a jar of water and exposed to sunlight, catalysts in the device break water down into its components, hydrogen and oxygen. Those gases bubble up and can be collected and used as fuel to produce electricity in fuel cells.

 

“Surprisingly, some of the catalysts we’ve developed for use in the artificial leaf device actually heal themselves,” Nocera said. “They are a kind of ‘living catalyst.’ This is an important innovation that eases one of the concerns about initial use of the leaf in developing countries and other remote areas.”

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Producing hydrogen from water, sunlight and some catalyst-coated chips of silicon - we are getting closer to doable home electricity for the technically challenged...

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Muammer Yildiz magnetic energy generator - a functioning magnetic motor without external power input

Free Tesla Energy is possible says Muammer Yildiz at the university of Delft, as he presents an all-magnet motor deriving its energy from magnetism

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Another game-changing technology. Built by Turkish inventor Muammer Yildiz, demonstrated here at Delft University in the Netherlands to a critical public of engineers and energy researchers ...

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Invention of the day: A bladeless wind turbine

Invention of the day: A bladeless wind turbine | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The wind turbine would convert wind to energy without any moving parts.
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That sounds like an interesting development. Working with electrically charged water droplets and wind to produce energy.

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The Revolution Will Be Printed

The Revolution Will Be Printed | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Digital fabrication will change the course of the future

 

"Digital fabrication will allow individuals to design and produce tangible objects on demand, wherever and whenever they need them."

 

Three-dimensional printers are already old hat to the professor. "The revolution," he writes, "is ... the ability to turn data into things and things into data. ... Scientists in a number of labs (including mine) are now working on the real thing, developing processes that can place individual atoms and molecules into any structure they want.

 

Unlike 3-D printers today, these will be able to build complete functional systems at once, with no need for parts to be assembled. The aim is to not only to produce parts for a drone, for example, but build a complete vehicle that can fly straight out of the printer. ... 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

3-D printing is old hat. Digital manufacturing or control of manufacturing at the level of atoms is already being worked on. Think Star Trek replicator ...

 

This has the capacity to change just about everything, including how we work, play, live, create and surprise ourselves...

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Genevieve Free's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:24 PM

3-D printers the future of fabrication and assembly

Rachel May's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:55 AM

3. 3D Printing

 

Even in relative the infancy of 3D printing, there are those seeking to extend this technology to deliver greater benefits. This article discusses the extensions of 3D printing in to areas not first imagined such as the printing of food. It then extends from 3D printing to assembling also. Virtually producing fully functioning cars from atoms and making them ready to drive 'hot' off the printer. This provides endless opportunities for all to be shopping and purchasing without doing either - just printing and using. No shipping costs - no middle man. 

 

To be quite informal about it, MIND = BLOWN!

 

 

Brendan Chan's curator insight, March 26, 5:36 AM

The implication of 3d printing are enormous. Scientists expect 3d printing to cut forms of delving  and decrease poullution as long as the printer has the right materials to create the desired item. Items can be recycled from another  for a considerable time. Items will be fully assembled and fully functional from the start. The concept of 3d printers challenges capitalism, employment or companies, as products can be everywhere as long as there is a printer. 

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Solar Rectenna by Brian Willis - PESWiki

Solar Rectenna by Brian Willis - PESWiki | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

If it’s up to Brian Willis, we will soon quite literally be tuning in to the sun. The University of Connecticut professor has patented a technique to manufacture nanosized antenna arrays that have the capability to efficiently convert sunlight into usable electric power.In theory, these very small antenna arrays can harvest over 70 percent of the sun’s electromagnetic radiation and convert it into electric power.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

That is a quantum leap over our current solar photovoltaic technology ... if it does come into maturity and production, it might boost efficiency of solar energy capture by three or four times!

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Robin Good's comment, March 10, 2013 5:36 AM
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NASA: A Nuclear Reactor To Replace Your Water Heater

NASA: A Nuclear Reactor To Replace Your Water Heater | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
NASA scientists are researching low-energy nuclear reactors that can be employed in the household.

 

And it does not use hot fusion, the union of hydrogen atoms into larger elements that powers the sun and stars.

 

Instead, a low-energy nuclear reactor (LENR) uses common, stable elements like nickel, carbon, and hydrogen to produce stable products like copper or nitrogen, along with heat and electricity.

 

“It has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy, cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste,” said Joseph Zawodny, a senior research scientist with NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Gone are the days when the media crucified Pons and Fleischman for having reported on excess energy found in their experiments. "Cold fusion" has got a facelift and a different name: low-energy nuclear reaction.

 

When Forbes cites a NASA scientist on the possibility of developing this technology, its commercial availability must be just around the corner...

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:25 AM

Dr. Coleman, former intelligence analyst with MI-5, had said about a decade ago that European elite do not want cold fusion technology; they will keep pushing coal, hydro and nuclear. The elite want to extract as much as they can by controlling key sectors of the economy like food and energy. 

 

And that's why they have tried to control radical technologies. However, as Sepp says here, this technology may be commercialized soon. 

 

This technology could have been introduced as early as 1985. 

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Peugeot Citroen to introduce compressed air hybrid by 2016

Peugeot Citroen to introduce compressed air hybrid by 2016 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

PSA’s Hybrid Air technology is similar to current battery electric hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius, but it uses compressed air for energy storage rather than batteries. A hydraulic pump/motor unit recovers energy generated by the ICE and from braking and deceleration, storing it in a compressed air energy storage unit.

 

PSA says for city driving, its Hybrid Air system provides fuel savings of 45 percent and increases a vehicle’s range by 90 percent compared to conventional engines with the same power rating.

 

In standard body styles, such as the Citroen C3 and Peugeot 208, the company says the system achieves certified fuel consumption (combined cycle) figures of 2.9 l/100 km...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This technology has been in development for over a decade and is technologically well in hand. The decision to use compressed air as an assist to a normal gasoline motor eliminates concerns of short range. The fact that a major manufacturer gets in on the game means we will soon see some of those cars on the road.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:02 AM

"...with a few exceptions, such as Volvo’s Air Motion Concept, major automotive manufacturers have generally shied away from such technology.


PSA Peugeot Citroen is bucking this trend with its “Hybrid Air” powertrain that addresses the limited range of compressed air energy storage technology by combining it with a gasoline powered internal combustion engine (ICE).


The company plans to have Hybrid Air powered vehicles on the road by 2016."

John Zulaikha's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:11 PM

compressed air hybrid ICE car increases travel distances by 90% - breaking stores energy as compressed air.

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University Uses Tesla Technology to Wirelessly Charge Electric Bus

University Uses Tesla Technology to Wirelessly Charge Electric Bus | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Utah State University presented a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology in a demonstration Nov. 15, 2012.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It's an incremental improvement, in the sense that all it really does is eliminate the cable needed to charge the bus. Not really new tech. The same thing has been proposed  for charging cell phones, but somehow it has not caught on commercially.

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Jessy Park's curator insight, February 15, 2013 11:40 AM

An amazing car which can charged wirelessly

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MSV Explorer amphibious vehicle powered by free energy technology poised to be first to general market

MSV Explorer amphibious vehicle powered by free energy technology poised to be first to general market | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
British inventor and CEO, Chris Garner, has come up with the MSV Explorer, an amphibious vehicle that not only treks on land and through water, but is powered by an exotic free energy method he calls "self-sustaining" that will enable the vehicle to travel indefinitely without stopping for fuel. Coming next month.

The company, MSVEX, is presently running in-house tests, which they expect to be completed in about a week. After that, they will be doing third-party testing to validate the technology, probably at the University of Plymouth (UK), or another university, depending on available facilities.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Wonderful news if it checks out in third party testing. We have to start moving beyond the fossil ful phase in human technology...

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Rosamaria's curator insight, December 18, 2012 1:24 PM

This amphibious vehicle will probably be on the market next year

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, December 19, 2012 12:39 PM

Some of us have discussed it, seriously.

 

Remember: There is no shortage of energy. It was proved by Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current. Private corporations demonized him because it'd  have affected their spurious control regime. The monopolistic regime of energy and the expensive generation, transmission and distribution system. It gave them 100+ years of total monopoly over energy.

 

The tides had to turn and it is turning.

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Turn water into fuel - Edward Mitchell to bring Stanley Meyer's Water Fuel Capacitor to life

Turn water into fuel - Edward Mitchell to bring Stanley Meyer's Water Fuel Capacitor to life | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The Water Capacitor turns water into a hydrogen-oxygen gas mixture that can then be used as a fuel for heating, cooking, welding, fixed generators, and powering internal combustion engines.


The Water Capacitor will then be incorporated into a kit offered from True Green solutions to individual consumers.

 

The Proof of Principle was demonstrated in Stanley Meyer's original water splitting devices as hydrogen fuel was extracted from water with his Electrical Polarization invention that was documented in his patents through the mode of operability. 

 

Edward Mitchell has already built a working prototype and is now refining the design to be incorporated into a complete Exciter Array (Water Fuel Capacitor(C)) Kit. 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Stanley Meyer died an untimely death just after he had secured a $ 5m investment to start commercial production of his super efficient water splitting technology.

Edward Mitchell continued in Meyer's footsteps and is ready to develop a kit. He does need funds to do that. This is his crowdfunding campaign. 

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, May 23, 2013 6:03 AM

It should work but the question is why are these innovators not upscaling by retrofitting strategy.

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A nanotechnology use for hemp

A nanotechnology use for hemp | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Researchers have come up with various electrode materials to improve the performance of supercapacitors, focussing mostly on porous carbon due to its high surface areas, tunable structures, good conductivities, and low cost.

 

"We were able to achieve this by employing a biomass precursor with a unique structure – hemp bast fiber," Zhi Li, a post doc researcher in David Mitlin's group at the University of Alberta, tells Nanowerk. "The resultant graphene-like nanosheets possess fundamentally different properties (pore size distribution, physical interconnectedness and electrical conductivity) as compared to conventional biomass-derived activated carbons."

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

As we learn more, our political aberrations - yes, prohibition is a purely political aberration with a moralistic background - become obvious. In this case, there is yet another industrial use for a valuable crop that has been all but abandoned since it threatened the chemical fibres monopoly of DuPont...

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Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost

A super efficient light and practical vehicle .. conceptualised and created by Sanjay Dastoor. - Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.

via http://www.psychedelicadventure.net/

 

find them at http://www.boostedboards.com/

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Now that's a transformative idea. Gotta get one of these!

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Daniel Morgenstern's curator insight, May 25, 2013 12:05 PM

Un skateboard avec un petit moteur électrique. La vidéo youtube ( http://youtu.be/IWV8irg64oM ) montre les concepteurs au travail et sur route. Elle serait parfaite pour présenter des transports alternatifs aux élèves de 6e, si elle était traduite. Qui s'y colle ? ;-)

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New Technology Inspires a Rethinking of Light

New Technology Inspires a Rethinking of Light | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Beyond the energy and cost savings, new types of lighting are now envisioned as ways to heal, soothe, invigorate or protect people.
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No one seems to be talking about those "energy saving" CFL lights any more ... the future will be LED lighting.

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Compressed Air Motorcycle Breaks 80 MPH With Ease | EarthTechling

Compressed Air Motorcycle Breaks 80 MPH With Ease | EarthTechling | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Strapped with a special engine and scuba tank, this motorcycle is speeding its way toward a James Dyson Award.
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The motorcycle uses pretty much standard parts and simple compressed air instead of fuel. Maybe something for the maker community to look into...

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Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market

Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.

 

To liberate the hydrogen, Virginia Tech scientists separated a number of enzymes from their native microorganisms to create a customized enzyme cocktail that does not occur in nature. The enzymes, when combined with xylose and a polyphosphate, liberate the unprecedentedly high volume of hydrogen from xylose, resulting in the production of about three times as much hydrogen as other hydrogen-producing microorganisms.

 

The energy stored in xylose splits water molecules, yielding high-purity hydrogen that can be directly utilized by proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. Even more appealing, this reaction occurs at low temperatures, generating hydrogen energy that is greater than the chemical energy stored in xylose and the polyphosphate. This results in an energy efficiency of more than 100 percent — a net energy gain. That means that low-temperature waste heat can be used to produce high-quality chemical energy hydrogen for the first time. 

 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This could be a game-changer, something to jump start the hydrogen economy which has the potential to make fossil fuels a thing of the past...

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Rosamaria's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:39 AM

The question is: Can this be cheaper that oil?

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Who needs oil? World's largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi ~ Why Don't You Try This?

Who needs oil? World's largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi ~ Why Don't You Try This? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

You might think that as one of the world's top oil producing nations, the United Arab Emirates would have little use for solar energy. But that hasn't stopped the Middle East state from unveiling the largest concentrated solar power plant in operation anywhere in the world. 

The 100-megawatt solar-thermal project in Abu Dhabi will power thousands of homes in the country and, it is hoped, displace approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It took $ 600 million and 3 years to build this - not bad for a plant that doesn't need fuel, leaves no polluting exhaust and is extremely safe. Arabia could be exporting electricity instead of oil. Future business for desert countries?

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Amber Qureshi's comment, April 1, 2013 2:35 PM
Very impressive!
Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Can this not be done in other places also?

Rosamaria's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:01 PM

Porque también tien Sol

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Making Salt Water Drinkable Just Got 99 Percent Easier

Making Salt Water Drinkable Just Got 99 Percent Easier | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Access to steady supplies of clean water is getting more and more difficult in the developing world, especially as demand skyrockets.

 

Lockheed Martin's Perforene, on the other hand, is made from single atom-thick sheets of graphene. Because the sheets are so thin, water flows through them far more easily than through a conventional TFC.

 

Filters made through the Perforene process would incorporate filtering holes just 100 nm in diameter—large enough to let water molecules through but small enough to capture dissolved salts. It looks a bit like chicken wire when viewed under a microscope

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This looks like a quantum leap on desalinization of sea water - making availability of drinking water from the sea a very real possibility, without huge and power hungry reverse osmosis desalinization plants. 

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Sepp Hasslberger's comment, March 19, 2013 10:42 AM
Yes, it would seem that those kinds of filters could satisfy our demand for water with great efficiency. Let's hope this works out.
Rosamaria's comment, April 22, 2013 9:37 AM
Only 3% of the water in the planet is freshwater meaning non salty water. With this technology we will fully take advantage of the Earth's water. We could even rename our planet and call it "Water"
timallard's comment, June 24, 2013 3:08 PM
My work is a miniaturized system for home-farm-ranch that copies larger sewage treatment plants yet uses algae to clean the water not floccing chemicals. Bioreactors are used for this and most made for large batch processing so my design is a cube 1/2m on a side full of glass plates that light the entire volume well, easy to aerate and will include harvesting to a slurry that's processed for biodiesel, a high-volume supply. Then the de-watered cakes are quality fertilizer so you get pure water, biodiesel and fertilizer from this system intended to be sold in home-farm supply stores with parts and service people.

With this a small dairy operation can produce their fuel from the washdown, getting the water back as well and fertilzer so it's clear the benefits possible from bringing this to the market.
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3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The future of urban runabouts will be ultra lightweight, electrically powered and 3D-printed... if Jim Kor has his way.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We certainly will have 3D printed cars. Perhaps not in great numbers, but the fact that you can make a car's body by printing in plastic, opens many possibilities for this up and coming technology. Think everyday utensils, tools, furniture ... the sky is the limit.

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 9, 2013 2:26 AM

Sepp has always inspired me by poiting out to new science and technology developments around the world, from high-tech to low-cost but high efficiency solutions to our problems. 

 

This car is built entirely of 3D printed components. And it works like a car. If you are not amazed with this...........wait...and continue to be amazed. 

Genevieve Free's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:31 PM

3-D printing its true potenial

Edward Miller's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:38 AM
3D Printing may very well become the largest revolution to Industries since the assembly line by Henry Ford. Being able to construct vehicles through the complete use of a computer almost completely removes the human element, fewer (if any) mistakes and much lower costs are a tempting and extremely profitable idea for production.
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Graphene Supercapacitor: The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World'

Graphene Supercapacitor: The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World' | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Graphene, a very simple carbon polymer, can be used as the basic component of a "supercapacitor" -- an electrical power storage device that charges far more rapidly than chemical batteries.

 

Unlike other supercapacitors, though, graphene's structure also offers a high "energy density," -- it can hold a lot of electrons, meaning that it could conceivably rival or outperform batteries in the amount of charge it can hold.

 

Kaner Lab researcher Maher El-Kady found a way to create sheets of graphene a single carbon atom thick by covering a plastic surface with graphite oxide solution and bombarding it with precisely controlled laser light.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

After a year's additional work, their fabrication process just got simpler and more efficient - to the point where industrial scale manufacturing of a very efficient battery replacement comes within reach.

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Rosamaria's curator insight, May 4, 2013 9:01 AM

Super batteries?

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Fully-customized, modular solar house is 3D printed prefab

Solar House 2.0, erected this year on Barcelona's waterfront, uses time-tested passive solar techniques, but it takes a high-tech leap forward using digital ...
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Digital fabrication, combined with traditional materials (wood, in this case) allows a home to be fine-tuned for optimal use of the sun's energy. 

 

21st century construction?

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Sepp Hasslberger's comment, February 25, 2013 12:03 PM
The house is a prototype. Program can be downloaded, but I do not think anyone is actually offering it as a commercial proposition.
Genevieve Free's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:32 PM

more 3-D printing are you amazing yet?

 

Brendan Chan's curator insight, March 26, 5:23 AM

The video explains how impactful 3d technology can be applied into a larger scale. By  working on a accurate smaller model, the foundation, plans, are share through the internet. As a result, construction, processing  and importing time are kept to a minimum as the blue prints ae sent to a plant.

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Using Thermodynamics & 100-Year-Old Technology To Break The $20 Per MWh Barrier

Using Thermodynamics & 100-Year-Old Technology To Break The $20 Per MWh Barrier | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

What is the goal? 

 

An always-on (24 x 7 x 365) power supply that is inexpensive to produce, can be bulk produced with readily available materials, can be manufactured in any nation using 1950′s or earlier technology, and has a working lifespan greater than 20 years.

 

The system consists of six main components:

Solar thermal cells for gathering energy.An insulated thermal mass for storing the energy (dirt or water).A heat radiator for disposing of waste heat.An LTD Stirling engine for generating energy.A flow controller for for fluid flow, preventing energy loss from the system, and increasing efficiency.An inverter to connect to the grid and convert DC power from the generator to AC usable in your house and power grid.

Each component is designed to be as inexpensive, modular, easily replaceable, and mass producible  as possible.

 

Comparing the current cost of energy at ~$100 USD per MWh to a system based on a redesign of a 100 – 200 year old technology shows that sub $20 USD per MWh energy is possible with technology available today. It also shows that renewable energy can be far cheaper than fossil fuels with a little creativity.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Low tech but definitely doable and able to produce electric energy for a house way cheaper than what we currently buy from the power companies.

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, January 4, 2013 9:06 AM

I have just one problem with these innovations: reliability and learning cost. It is not easy to build a system like this that integrates five different systems. 

 

Sepp Hasslberger's comment, February 25, 2013 12:48 PM
The most difficult component seems to be the Sterling engine. For anyone who's not a technically trained lover of those things, it can be challenging. Also, getting all of those components to work together properly.

But it should be possible to find a local mechanic who can cobble together such a system and install it/maintain it for you for a little outlay.