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The lowdown on Australia’s low-emissions roadmap

The lowdown on Australia’s low-emissions roadmap

The recently released first low emissions technology statement by the government flags public investment in five areas: hydrogen, energy storage, low-carbon steel and aluminium, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon storage. The roadmap is discussed in an article on The Conversation website by Llewelyn Hughes and Jorrit Gosens of Australian National University.   ‘The … Continue reading

Technical breakthrough in transparent solar technology

Technical breakthrough in transparent solar technology

A research team at the University of Michigan has achieved record efficiency for transparent solar cells that could one day be used in buildings. Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website.   Scientists make breakthrough in solar window technology with see-through panels Builders could one day be installing windows in homes and … Continue reading

A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic materials could enable a leap in manufacturing a wide range of products, including solid-state batteries and fuel cells

A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic materials could enable a leap in manufacturing a wide range of products, including solid-state batteries and fuel cells

Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website about a  new manufacturing method invented by scientists at the University of Maryland that both meets the needs of modern ceramics and fosters the discovery of new material innovations.   ‘Superfast’ new manufacturing method could allow breakthrough in battery technology, scientists say A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic … Continue reading

Researchers have developed a new type of concrete that can not only bend better, but doesn’t require cement to make, reducing its environmental footprint

Researchers have developed a new type of concrete that can not only bend better, but doesn’t require cement to make, reducing its environmental footprint

Michael Irving writes on the New Atlas website about a new bendable type of concrete that has been developed.  What are your views?   Bendable concrete goes cement-free to cut environmental footprint Concrete is the world’s most widely-used building material thanks to its incredible strength – but it doesn’t stand up well against bending. Now, … Continue reading

The benefits of smart fans

The benefits of smart fans

Smart fans promise a significant reduction in energy consumption, particularly in countries such as India.  Neha Dewan explains in an article on the Economic Times of India website.   How can India end up saving 2800 GWh energy per year? Change the fans He may have got an offer letter from the Indian Space Research … Continue reading

Scientists have been working on what they say is the world’s first “biosolar leaf”, which they claim can mop up carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently than a typical tree

Scientists have been working on what they say is the world’s first “biosolar leaf”, which they claim can mop up carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently than a typical tree

Scientists say this technology can do the work of 100 trees using the surface area of one. Diane Taylor explains in an article in The Guardian.   ‘Biosolar leaf’ project targets air pollution on London campus The news on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is rarely good. Scientists and campaigners have warned repeatedly that … Continue reading

Is innovative new “transparent wood” eco-friendly?

Is innovative new “transparent wood” eco-friendly?

Scientists have developed a new material that could replace plastic or glass in construction of energy-efficient homes.  Nicola Davis explains in an article in The Guardian. What are your views?   Scientists invent ‘transparent wood’ in search for eco-friendly building material In an era of glass and steel construction, wood may seem old-school. But now … Continue reading

Phones without batteries? What next?

Phones without batteries? What next?

Practically every day we are reading about new innovations. Now we find out that our mobile phones may not even need a battery.  Andrew Griffin explains in an article on The Independent website.  What next?   Scientists make huge step towards making phones without batteries Scientists have made a huge breakthrough that allows them to … Continue reading