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New Bacteria-Sloughing Materials from Duke University

New Bacteria-Sloughing Materials from Duke University | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it

a material that ‘wrinkles,’ or changes its surface in response to a stimulus, such as stretching or pressure or electricity

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An examination of Formula One’s smart technology | SmartPlanet

An examination of Formula One’s smart technology | SmartPlanet | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it
Now F1 cars are so advanced, just what is it that connects vehicle, driver and data?
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How technology can help you compete in the world's most expensive sport
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The Future of Nuclear Power Runs on the Waste of Our Nuclear Past

The Future of Nuclear Power Runs on the Waste of Our Nuclear Past | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it

"a pair of MIT scientists believe they've found not only a better way of eliminating nuclear waste but recycling the deadly detritus into enough clean electricity to power the entire world until 2083."

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How Battery Storage Will Change The Household Energy Market

How Battery Storage Will Change The Household Energy Market | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it

is it worth considering energy storage? Is it cost effective? Should householders go it alone, or in a community group? And what are the implications for other network users? 

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With the plunging cost of pv panels, should we now be considering developing methods to store the energy?

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Technology4Change : The first 3D printed house?

Technology4Change : The first 3D printed house? | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it
Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam, has designed the "Landscape House", a home vying to be the first 3D printed building when it is "printed" for the ‘Europan', a European competition for young spatial designers, towards the end of 2014. 

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Could 3D printing be the method of solving the housing crisis in the future?

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Making Salt Water Drinkable Just Got 99 Percent Easier

Making Salt Water Drinkable Just Got 99 Percent Easier | T4C 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


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With 7 billion people living on the planet, the demand for drinkable water, has never been more concerning. Could graphene based filters, used to extract the salt from seawater be the solution, that quenches this demand?

 

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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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Technology4Change : Graphene based solar cells

Technology4Change : Graphene based solar cells | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it

While observing the properties of graphene, researchers in Spain recently found that it is highly efficient at absorbing light and converting it to electrical energy. This could pave the way for its use in more effective light sensors on cameras, night vision goggles and medical sensors. However, the greatest potential benefit could be its use in a more efficient solar cell.

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Technology4Change : Harvesting power from wastewater

Technology4Change : Harvesting power from wastewater | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it
USA environmental engineer and researcher Bruce Logan of Pennsylvania State University, is currently developing a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) that could be used to harvest the energy present in wastewater.  He believes that the wastewater MCF represents a new method of renewable energy recovery. It uses bacteria to convert to electricity the energy contained in organic matter in wastewater. 
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Extracting the inherent energy from bacteria from wastewater using MCF, offers significant benefits

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Technology4Change : The UK's first BIPV canopy petrol station

Technology4Change : The UK's first BIPV canopy petrol station | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it
In the summer of 2013, a petrol station in Southampton will become the first in the UK to feature a translucent canopy with Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) panels.  The manufacture, Polysolar says that canopy will be able to generate energy for the next 25 years. 
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Technology4Change : Interactive touch-sensitive floor

Technology4Change : Interactive touch-sensitive floor | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it
A prototype pressure sensing floor, capable of recognising and tracking people and objects, opens new possibilities for ‘smart rooms', say German researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam.

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Toyota: Solid-State & Lithium-Air Batteries By 2020

Toyota: Solid-State & Lithium-Air Batteries By 2020 | T4C Technologies | Scoop.it

Toyota Motor Corporation has been trying to avoid the use of lithium-ion batteries as much as possible due to their high cost. However, the company does use them for the Prius Plug-in Electric Vehicle and the RAV4 EV. But it has said that it is now betting on solid-state and lithium-air batteries for use in electric vehicles by 2020.

 

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/03/14/toyota-solid-state-batteries-that-leapfrog-li-ion-coming-in-2020/#kzVOA0C2bhJHbJbr.99
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An excellent read which outlines the benefits of using solid-state batteries

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