Buses with green technology to reduce GHG emissions in England

Hundreds of buses in England will be given a green makeover to improve air quality. Almost 440 buses in England will receive a green technology upgrade, as the region works toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to improve air quality. According to an announcement from the Department for Transport (DfT), 18 local authorities made successful bids for about £7 million of funding to go ahead with the green tech plan, reported The Northern Echo. The buses will be fitted with a selective catalytic reduction to reduce N2O emissions. The hundreds…

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Urine-powered socks: wearable energy that could fuel mobile devices

Scientists make breakthrough with a unique type of alternative energy system. Researchers in the United Kingdom have successfully sent a signal to a PC via a unique pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that are fuelled with urine pumped by the wearer’s footsteps. According to a press release from the University of the West of England, the scientists’ success marked the first self-sufficient system fueled by a wearable energy generator based on MFC technology. MFC technology can use any form of organic waste and convert it…

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New algae-eating green technology may clean up the Baltic Sea

A remote-controlled floating drone could clean up excess algae and turn it into biofuel. The Baltic Sea has become a breeding ground for frequent algae blooms and this has lead to the accumulation of high levels of toxic algae, which could be dangerous to existing ecosystems. To help deal with this overabundant toxic algae problem, A Swedish design student, Fredrik Ausinsch, has developed a conceptual machine that is not only capable of eating the algae but his green technology also turns it into biofuel. The drone would be designed with…

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New green technology could make cooling systems more environmentally friendly

Research has found that new metal alloy systems may lead to cleaner cooling technologies. Research conducted by scientist Casey Miller, head of Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT’s) material science and engineering program, and his colleagues, has lead to the development of a new type of green technology involving a promising new metal alloy system that alleviates the use of coolant gasses linked to global warming. This discovery could result in the creation of magnetic refrigerants and eco-friendly cooling technologies. A magnetic field instead of coolant gases can change refrigerant temperature.…

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Scientists develop green technology from harmful algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms can be used as high-performance and low-cost electrodes for Na-ion batteries. A team of researchers, led by environmental engineer Dr. Da Deng at Wayne State University in Detroit, have discovered that harmful algal blooms (HABs) can be converted into high-performance electrodes for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries. This green technology discovery is good news because, according to Deng, electrodes for Na-ion batteries have the potential to replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The researchers have found a good use for an otherwise highly harmful substance. The researchers published a paper regarding…

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New recycling technology recovers and extracts rare earth minerals

The technology could recover rare earth elements from old electronics. A new recycling technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI), assists in the recycling, recovery, and extraction process of rare earth minerals, and it is said to be the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI. According to a news article from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., The single-step recycling process is more environmentally friendly than other rare earth elements extraction methods. The technology involves…

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Green energy from living plants powers streetlights

A company from the Netherlands harnesses and uses electricity from live plants. Netherlands-based company, Plant-e, has discovered a way to generate and use electricity from living plants, and has used this green energy that they have harnessed to power streetlights, cell phone chargers, and Wi-Fi hotspots. The company even utilizes their plant power technology to run their headquarters in Wageningen. The live plant power project had its first successful debut back in November of last year. When it was first debuted near Amsterdam in November 2014, the project, which is…

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Scientists use green technology to develop new biodegradable computer chips

A semiconductor chip made mostly from wood may help make electric devices greener. A new type of green technology has been developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by scientists who have created a wood-based biodegradable computer chip that may help to reduce the amount of e-waste that is created by the growing number of discard portable electronic devices, which are currently primarily made from materials that are non-biodegradable, non-renewable, and potentially toxic. Computer chips could be as safe for the environment as fertilizer. According to Science Daily, the team of…

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Unique Green building technologies come to Minnesota

Minnesota will be home to the tallest wood-framed building in America. A seven-storey, 210,000 square foot office building designed with a frame constructed from sustainably grown and harvested wood will be the tallest of its kind in America, and this structure featuring wood-based green building technologies has received a lot of positive attention in the country. The unique building will be constructed of concrete, steel, and engineered lumber. According to Green Building Elements, the architect behind the T3 project, which is short for “Timber, Technology, and Transit,” is Michael Green,…

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Japan seeks renewable energy from the sea

The Island nation may begin testing marine power production in the future. Being an island, Japan controls an expansive portion of ocean territory that is far larger than its land area; therefore, it is only natural that the country would investigate renewable energy possibilities from the sea. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Realtime blog, the country is about to do this for the first time, as the Japanese government is partnering with IHI Corp. and Toshiba Corp. to begin field testing marine energy generation, sooner rather than later.…

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Green technology to be used to power unique Canadian observatory

New observatory in Canada will run off renewable power. The plans to build an observatory in the Madawaska Highlands, a range of hills in Southern Ontario, would not only mean the construction of an observatory equipped with the most powerful telescope in Canada, but a building that would be powered using green technology, which would make it the largest off-grid commercial building in North America. The Madawaska Highland Observatory would be home to the largest public telescopes in the world. The project started in 2007 and was founded by entrepreneur,…

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Nanosize batteries could significantly improve green energy storage

Nanotechnology is the future of batteries. Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a single strand of human hair could be very promising future green energy storage solutions because they have the potential to store more energy for personal electronics, buildings, and cars, reported National Geographic. The miniscule battery can recharge numerous times and fully charge in just over 10 minutes. The breakthrough in battery technology has been in the creation of a “nanopore”, which is a hole in a ceramic sheet that is no thicker than a grain…

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Green technology partnership formed between Panasonic and National Trust

Some of the historic properties in the UK will run on renewable energy. Panasonic has announced that it will be working with National Trust, a conservation charity, to install innovative green technology at some of the most famous historic properties in the United Kingdom that are managed by the charity. During the long-term partnership, Panasonic will be able to “showcase” its technologies. The first phase of the partnership will involve Panasonic carrying out marketing initiatives at the National Trust properties. Visitors will be able to try out Lumix cameras and…

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$550 billion yearly investment in renewable energy

New report shows that more money is needed in the clean energy space in order to mitigate climate change In order for climate change goals to be met, the world may have to heavily invest in renewable energy every year through 2030. The International Renewable Energy Agency has released a new report that highlights the financial challenges of fighting climate change. The report focuses on the money that would be needed to keep global temperatures from rising by an average of 2 degrees Celsius and shows that such a task…

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Green technology to lead to new jobs at British manufacturing company

Naylor Industries Plc has received funding for a green energy project that will boost its sales and employment. The Barnsley-based manufacturing company that specializes in building and constructing products such as clay pipes, plastic ducting and drainage, and concrete products, intends to invest a large sum of money into its Cawthorne factory to upgrade it with green technology that will include smart utility metering, energy efficient lighting, and a plastic reprocessing plant. The £2.5 million project will help to lower energy consumption in the factory. The project, which has received…

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Recycling technology sorts plastics at rapid speed

Researchers discover new process that boosts plastic waste recycling efficiency. Identifying and categorizing plastic materials can be a difficult process, but a new recycling technology developed by Ludwig Maximilians Universitat researchers in Munich, Germany, has sped up the plastic sorting process and made it more efficient so that a higher volume of plastic can be recycled and made into new items. A flash of light simplifies the sorting system. The system works using photoexcitation, which exposes plastic items to a brief flash of light. This causes the plastic to emit…

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