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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

Scientists discovered a strain of bacteria that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment

Scientists discovered a strain of bacteria that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment

Scottie Andrew writes on the CNN website about a new synthetic chemical compound that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products. Hopefully industry won’t take this to mean they can produce more plastic   Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, … 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

Rotterdam has a floating dairy farm that could help protect cities from food security risks associated with climate change

Rotterdam has a floating dairy farm that could help protect cities from food security risks associated with climate change

We are always interested in seeing innovative projects in our energy transition. It was a surprise to see this article by Lauren Comiteau on Canada’s CBC News website explaining about a floating dairy farm in the Netherlands. They call this a “transfarmation.” What are your views?   World’s 1st floating dairy farm could help cities … Continue reading

New waste-plastic enhanced bitumen is also cheaper, stronger, longer lasting and more flexible than standard bitumen to resurface roads and fill potholes

New waste-plastic enhanced bitumen is also cheaper, stronger, longer lasting and more flexible than standard bitumen to resurface roads and fill potholes

We have a waste plastic problem but EiD was not expecting to see it used for resurfacing roads.  Tom Bawden writes on The i newsletter about latest developments.   Why plastic roads could be the future Carrier bags, bottles and nappies will be used to resurface roads and fill potholes across Cumbria – leading a … Continue reading

Using recycled waste to develop eco-friendly bricks

Using recycled waste to develop eco-friendly bricks

We are seeing so many innovative technologies these days. Margaret Taylor writes in Scotland’s Herald newspaper about a new business in Scotland that uses waste from demolition sites to manufacture bricks.   Eco-brick building a route to market A clean technology business incubated at Heriot-Watt University is on the cusp of launching a commercialisation project … Continue reading

Canadians active in a global competition to create technology that converts CO2 into valuable products

Canadians active in a global competition to create technology that converts CO2 into valuable products

Many argue that innovation is key to us addressing the global climate challenge. Laura Kane from the Canadian Press writes on the Globe and Mail website about the activities of Canadian scientists to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their participation in a global competition.   Canadian scientists turn carbon-dioxide emissions into useful products What if … Continue reading