A Thermophotovoltaic Cell That Can Generate Electricity Even in the Dark

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Claiming that a solar cell can produce energy even in the dark sounds a little like the beginning of a joke, but I assure you it is not so. A team of scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have successfully made a prototype of a device, which can become a part of super-efficient thermophotovoltaic cells. Such a cell could generate electricity even if it is not placed in direct sunlight. This cell would absorb infrared radiation and convert it into an electric current, and this can happen even in the dark. (more…)

By |August 11th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

These Greenhouse Lamps will Brighten Any Room

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It’s a sad fact that many city dwellers do not have a single plant in their homes, and this is more often than not because of a lack of adequate daylight coming into the cramped urban apartments. But the Kiel, Germany-based firm We Love Eames seeks to alleviate this problem with glass planters, which act as both greenhouses and lights at the same time. These planters are not only gorgeous to look at, but they also bring the possibility of growing your own veggies to urbanites living in apartments with small windows and no balconies. (more…)

By |July 29th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Off-Grid Foot-Powered Washing Machine

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Washing machines use up a lot of energy and water, so having one when you’re striving for off-grid living is not a convenient option. But the so-called Yirego Drumi washing machine solves this problem. It is powered by a foot pedal and needs no electricity to operate. As such it would make a great addition to any sustainable home. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|2 Comments

Smart Windows Coming Soon

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Smart windows are the logical next step in the evolution of home design. Basically, the idea behind them is that instead of adding blinds or curtains to windows, so as to control the amount of heat or light entering the home (or for privacy) the windows would already have this function built in. Sounds futuristic, but a team of researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have found a simple and quite affordable way to achieve it. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|1 Comment

Roses Inspire a More Efficient Solar Cell

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Breakthroughs big and small are important in the quest towards greater reliance on renewable power, of which solar power is at the top of the list. And one such breakthrough was recently achieved by a team of scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Inspired by the rose’s ability to convert sunlight into energy they designed a film that greatly increases the efficiency of solar cells. (more…)

By |July 13th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

New and Cleaner Method of Recycling Plastic Discovered

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There’s probably no need to remind you that plastic is extremely harmful to our environment, and that the current methods of recycling might be doing more harm than good. So when breakthroughs in the latter are made it’s always good news. This has now been achieved by a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China. They have discovered a way to turn plastic into a usable liquid fuel. That’s kind of like killing two birds with one stone. (more…)

By |June 24th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments