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Low Tech Greenhouses for Farmers in Africa

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The company Roots Up has come up with an innovative greenhouse solution, which can be used in arid, desert areas where rainwater is scarce. This is made possible by the fact that the primary source of water for collection in these greenhouses is dew. Their greenhouse is projected to be used in Gondar, Ethiopia, in an effort to help local farmers grow crops using low-tech solutions. What’s more, the water collected in this way can also be used as drinking water.

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Powder-based 3D Printing Method Developed

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The 3D printing of homes and other buildings definitely has a place in the future of architecture as soon as the technology is scaled up to be able to produce large structures. We might be one step closer to that with the powder-based cement method of 3D printing, which was developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, headed by Associate Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael.

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Biobattery That Can Supply Various Types of Energy

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The prototype of a promising biobattery has recently been developed by researchers at the German Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Energy and Safety Technology. The battery they developed is actually a highly efficient biogas plant which is capable of transforming different types of organic raw materials, such as straw, scrap wood and sludge into different energy sources like electricity, purified gas and engine oil.

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Packing Peanuts Could be Recycled Into More Sustainable Batteries

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Building better and more sustainable batteries is certainly one of the goals for the future. And now, those packing peanuts used to protect fragile things from breaking during transport could play a major role in achieving this goal. A team of researchers at Perdue University has discovered that these packing peanuts could actually be used in lithium-ion batteries.

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Energy Harvesting Tree for the Home

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In January 2015, the Finnish VTT Technical Centre introduced decorative organic photovoltaic cells (OPV), which can be inexpensively mass-produced, and which can easily be incorporated into the design of any home. These cells are capable of capturing energy from interior lighting and generate enough power to run small devices and sensors.

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Pretty Solar Panels and Harvesting Energy From Interior Lights

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Finding and using alternative energy sources is quickly becoming a must and one obstacle to overcome is how to make solar panels easier to incorporate into building projects. This, of course, involves making them look pretty. VTT Technical Centre of Finland has gone a step further in this. They have come up with a method that allows for the printing of decorative graphics and functional components onto flexible organic solar panels.

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