"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."
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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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
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?
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.
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.
Extracting the inherent energy from bacteria from wastewater using MCF, offers significant benefits
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.
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.
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.
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