France to Get a Solar Highway

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The French National Institute for Solar Energy (INES) in collaboration with Colas, a transport infrastructure company, is planning to cover about 621 miles (1000 km) of French roads with solar panels. The project was commissioned by France’s Agency of Environment and Energy Management and it is estimated to be completed within the next five years. The project is called the Wattway system and looks very promising. (more…)

By |March 6th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Accidental Creation of a New Material That can Capture Water from Air

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Some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries happened by accident and now there’s another one to add to the list. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has accidently created a material that can capture water from the humidity in the air. They were trying to create magnetic nanowires and failed, but this new material they created is even more promising.

The material is made of carbon-rich nanorods, which they observed began oozing water whenever the humidity in the specimen holder ranged from 50 to 80 percent. They vigorously tested the findings, and discovered that the nanorods absorb water in low humidity and release it as water vapor when the humidity is high. The researches describe this material as behaving much like a sponge, in the sense that it is capable of wringing itself out halfway before it’s fully saturated with water. (more…)

By |February 14th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Food Recycling Gadget that Fits in Any Home

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WLabs has come up with the so-called Zera Food Recycler gadget, which does exactly what the name suggests. It is a compact food recycler, which is small enough to fit into most homes, even very small ones. But that’s not the only problem it solves. It also allows for creating natural fertilizer in our homes without the associated smell, and judging by the fact that it has already greatly exceeded its funding goal on Indiegogo, it is exactly what people have been waiting for.

The Zera Food Recycler is basically a bin into which you can throw all of your kitchen scraps. The idea is to collect these scraps for a week, and then use the gadget to turn them into homemade nutrient-rich fertilizer in only 24 hours. Once the machine is full, a packet made up of coconut husk fibers and baking soda is placed into the bin. Then you simply press the START button and the gadget begins the process of heating, slicing, mixing and oxygenating the foodstuffs inside it. It takes less than 24 hours to turn the food into fertilizer, which can be retrieved from the bottom of the storage bin. Thanks to a HEPA filter there is no foul odor associated with this process. The gadget can also be controlled and operated via a smartphone app. (more…)

By |February 7th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Use Solar Power to Grill Your Burgers This Summer

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The SolSource, made by the firm One Earth Designs, has been around for awhile and they made quite a few waves a few years ago with their three-in-one solar gadget, which uses solar power to cook food, generate electricity and purify water. The latest version of the device they’re offering is just a cooker, which according to the company heats up five times faster than a charcoal grill. It can also deliver up to 1,000 watts of power, and is capable of harvesting sunlight seven times more efficiently than a typical PV panel. It also requires no fuel of any kind to run, just the sun. (more…)

By |December 19th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Solar Canopy For Every Roof

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Finding ways to maximize the harvesting of solar power is quite possibly the most important step in moving towards a more sustainable future. However, space on which to place these PV cells is scarce, especially when it comes to urban rooftops. The Brooklyn, NY-based firm SolarWorks have found a working solution to this problem. In collaboration with another Brooklyn-based firm, Situ Studio, they created solar canopies that will fit on almost any roof. (more…)

By |November 30th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Way to Recycle Non-Recyclable Plastic

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While a large percentage of plastic we use in everyday lives is recyclable, there are still those items that cannot be recycled. These include various potato chip and other quick snack bags, which are needless to say, quite abundant. However the company 3D Brooklyn, which offers 3D printing services, has come up with a great solution to this problem. They have partnered with Terracycle, and together they created a way to use this unrecyclable packaging as raw materials for their printers. (more…)

By |November 15th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments