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

Shopping Mall Going Solar

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The Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre in Victoria, Australia is using solar-concentrating thermal technology as the sole source of power for their air-conditioning system. Given that a lot of the power consumed by shopping malls, and other such large commercial structures is down to heating and cooling, this is quite a beneficial and sustainable move, and one that more business owners should consider. After all, there is only so much that individuals can do when it comes to assuring a more sustainable future. (more…)

By |June 20th, 2016|Green Tech|1 Comment

ThermoWood Clad House

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If I came across this home in the middle of the woods, I’d be a little scared. It definitely doesn’t look like a place where I want to live with its high grey walls. So why feature it? Because it’s clad entirely in so-called ThermoWood which is made it Finland. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Omnidirectional Solar Panels are on the Horizon

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The direction in which roof top mounted solar panels face is very important, since it determines the amount of solar energy these devices will be able to convert into power. But this may soon become less of a concern. (more…)

By |January 5th, 2016|Green Tech|1 Comment

New Battery That’s Cheaper and Lasts Longer

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Batteries are not what they could be yet, and a lot of research goes into perfecting them. A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada have been focusing on perfecting the lithium-ion battery, mainly by looking at the negative anode of these batteries, which are typically made from graphite.

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By |November 24th, 2015|Green Tech|1 Comment

Cheap and Simple Way to Turn Seawater Into Drinking Water

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Shortage of drinking water is being faced by more and more communities worldwide. On the other hand, the current methods of turning salt water, which is abundant, into drinking water are expensive and damaging to the environment, and therefore not a viable long-term solution. (more…)

By |November 18th, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments