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Molecular cages improve energy conversion and drug delivery

Molecular cages improve energy conversion and drug delivery
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin and AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have created 'molecular cages' that can maximise the efficiency of converting molecules in chemical reactions, and that may in future also be used as sensors and drug-delivery agents. The cages can be packed with different molecules, many of which have a specific task or functionality.
30th June 2017

Technology makes electricity from urine and kills pathogens

Technology makes electricity from urine and kills pathogens
A scientific breakthrough has taken an emerging biotechnology a step closer to being used to treat wastewater in the Developing World. Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) (Ieropoulos & Greenman) have discovered that technology they have developed which has already been proven to generate electricity through the process of cleaning organic waste, such as urine, also kills bacteria harmful to humans.
20th June 2017

Harvesting energy with old bike parts

Harvesting energy with old bike parts
A wave energy harvester powerful enough to charge a mobile phone has been developed by researchers at Nottingham Trent University. The harvester has been made out of old bike parts and a disused pressure cooker. BSc Product Design undergraduate Owen Griffiths and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, a professor of intelligent engineering systems, created the energy harvester to help people in developing countries with poor access to electricity.  
7th June 2017


Commercial plant captures CO2 from the air

Commercial plant captures CO2 from the air
The world’s first commercial plant that captures atmospheric CO2 for supply and sale to a customer has been launched by Climeworks. The Swiss direct air capture company launched the commercial-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant, featuring its patented technology that filters carbon dioxide from ambient air. The plant is now supplying 900 tonnes of CO2 annually to a nearby greenhouse to help grow vegetables.
5th June 2017

Biomass power station aims for zero carbon footprint

Biomass power station aims for zero carbon footprint
Italy's largest agricultural biomass power plant has opened, integrating four 1MW generators using Movicon SCADA technology for control and visualisation for efficiency monitoring. The SCADA system is providing the information required to provide power for 10,000 homes while offsetting the carbon generated by the plant with the carbon consumed by the in-feed crops as they grow, resulting in a target zero carbon footprint.
2nd June 2017

When mixing freshwater with saltwater produces energy

When mixing freshwater with saltwater produces energy
Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast. "The goal of this technology is to generate electricity from where the rivers meet the ocean," said Christopher Gorski, assistant professor in environmental engineering at Penn State. "It's based on the difference in the salt concentrations between the two water sources."
30th May 2017

Polluted air could generate power

Polluted air could generate power
Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function. “We use a small device with two rooms separated by a membrane,” explains Professor Sammy Verbruggen (UAntwerp/KU Leuven). “Air is purified on one side, while on the other side hydrogen gas is produced from a part of the degradation products".
8th May 2017

Engineers: your decisions shape our energy future

Engineers: your decisions shape our energy future
  First expressed by Jeffery Sachs, Director The Earth Institute of Columbia University: "The politicians have done their job; now it’s up to the engineers," was the sentiment that followed the signing of the Paris Agreement, as it is resonating with engineers worldwide.
4th May 2017

Waste-to-energy project highlights benefits of biogas

 Waste-to-energy project highlights benefits of biogas
Demonstrating financial and environmental benefits are achievable, locally and globally, an organic-waste-to-energy project in Connecticut USA has begun producing electricity this year, and can convert up to 40,000 tonnes of organic waste annually into environmentally harmonious green energy and dry bio fertiliser.
3rd May 2017

Why use thermoelectric energy harvesting technology?

Why use thermoelectric energy harvesting technology?
  Adaptive energy harvesting products are now available from Adaptive. Customers can select and purchase high quality thermoelectric energy harvesting devices directly from the UK where the expert team at European Thermodynamics have created a support forum and are on hand to provide product support where needed.
3rd May 2017


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