In search of a more sustainable tire

The Russian dandelion helped supply the Allied forces with rubber through the Second World War. Now, tire makers are hoping it could make a commercial comeback to help tires become more sustainable. Jack McGovan explains in an artlcle on the Deutsche Welle website.   Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? In 1931, Soviet … Continue reading In search of a more sustainable tire

‘Skybrators’ can generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, says green start-up

Clean energy technologies are evolving and one company has pioneered a new approach to wind power by forgoing the need for turbine towers and blades.  Jillian Ambrose explains in an article on The Guardian website.   Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home The giant windfarms that line hills and coastlines … Continue reading ‘Skybrators’ can generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, says green start-up

Rethinking cement

The production of cement, the binding element in concrete, accounted for 7% of total global carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. Given the scale of the industry and its greenhouse gas emissions, technologies that can reinvent concrete could have profound impacts on climate change. At the University of Michigan, we are working on composites that produce … Continue reading Rethinking cement

Is new fast-charging battery a gamechanger?

With the increased attention to switch to electric vehicles, one of the weak points concerns batteries. One Israeli company has come up with a battery that can be fully charged in just five minutes. While five-minute charging is not a complete gamechanger, it makes the transition to electric vehicles an easier sell, according to an … Continue reading Is new fast-charging battery a gamechanger?

Researchers show possibility of making wood transparent raising possibility of it being an alternative to glass

One day, in the future, you might be sitting in a home or working in a building with wooden windows. Steve Eichhorn, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol, writes on The Conversation website that materials scientists have been experimenting with making wood transparent.   Transparent wood is coming, and it … Continue reading Researchers show possibility of making wood transparent raising possibility of it being an alternative to glass

Why AI technology is so power-hungry

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Boston University explains why AI technology requires so much energy in an article on The Conversation website. AI is computationally intensive because it needs to read through lots of data until it learns to understand it – that is, is trained.   It takes a lot of … Continue reading Why AI technology is so power-hungry

The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy was awarded a grant to use high-resolution thermal infrared space telescopes to monitor the energy performance of buildings.  Paul Brackley explains in an article on the Cambridge Independent website.   University of Cambridge to use space telescopes to measure energy efficiency of homes The energy efficiency of buildings will be … Continue reading The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

Roger Tyers, Teaching Associate in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham writes on The Conversation website to explain why innovations in the aviation sector are not being adopted at a significant scale.   How a 1940s treaty set airlines on a path to high emissions and low regulation Before the pandemic, aviation … Continue reading Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

A 50MW facility near Manchester in the UK will store enough power for roughly 50,000 homes for five hours. Roger Harrabin explains in an article on the BBC website.   UK energy plant to use liquid air Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in … Continue reading World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

American philanthropies playing big role in climate technology development

Everyone is pushing for more technology developments that will help us cut GHG emissions and reduce energy demand. Katherine Ellison writes on the Washington Post website about the role philanthropies are playing in funding many of these innovations. What are your views?   Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies Dave’s team launched a start-up in … Continue reading American philanthropies playing big role in climate technology development