Articles With "energy efficiency" Tag

Breakthrough News for Improving Concentrated Solar Power Plants


The efficiency of photovoltaic or concentrated solar power (CSP) plants depends on how much light can be captured and turned into electricity or heat. A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have made a breakthrough in this area by developing a nanoparticle material that could allow CSP plants to absorb and convert more than 90 percent of the captured sunlight into heat.
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Prefabricated Happy Cheap House


The so/called Happy Cheap House is a prototype for low-cost prefab homes and it was designed by Swedish architect Tommy Carlsson. The home is clad in corrugated iron and boasts of an innovative shape, which makes it both unique as well as more functional than a traditional home. The Happy Cheap House measures 110-square-metres and its design is focused on optimizing the internal space. This is a two-story home, with the ground floor consisting of an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. The first floor, on the other hand, consists of two bedrooms and a lounge.
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Car Tires Recycled into More Efficient Anodes for Batteries


Discarded rubber tires may soon find a new use. A team of researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have come up with a method of harvesting the carbon black from them, which can then be used to create anodes for lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by solar panels and wind turbines. According to the researchers, the new batteries will perform even better than the ones we use today.

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Sustainable Mint House is Build From Corten Steel


The firm James&Mau Arquitectura designed an innovative home in the picturesque Tarragona Province, Spain. The house was built by Infinski and instead of using shipping containers as the main building blocks, the builders chose to use 4 prefabricated metal modules made of Corten Steel. The finished home is called Mint House and comes with a number of sustainable features.
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Modular Off-The-Grid Home


The Eco Pod is a new modular home created by the UK-based company Echo. The tiny home measures 96.8 square feet and can lend itself well to a variety of living arrangements. A standalone Eco Pod can be used as a home office, or extra guest bedroom. The design of these units also allows them to be joined together to create an off-the-grid home, which can be as big or as small as the owners require.
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Getting Energy and Clean Water From the Clouds


A team of scientists is currently raising funds through a crowd funding campaign to develop Air HES (HydroElectric Station), which is basically an airship that can extract clean water and electricity from the clouds. More specifically, it does so by harvesting and condensing water vapor, and uses it to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. The developers have already built a small prototype to test the device and have done feasibility studies, while the main aim of the funding campaign is scaling up the device to produce economically viable levels of water and power.
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