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Converting Wastewater into Clean Energy

Converting Wastewater into Clean Energy

Waltham Technologies, a new Boston-based startup founded by Una Ryan, is using blue-green algae to decontaminate wastewater while creating a viable source of clean energy at the same time. The algae eats carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the ...

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Smart Glass Controls Lighting and Temperature

Smart Glass Controls Lighting and Temperature

Research Frontiers, a New York based research company, has developed a “Smart Glass” that can regulate the level of incoming light through windows. The company developed and patented a film technology called Suspended Particle Devices (SPD) that can vary the ...

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Novel Technology Turns Garbage into Ethanol

Novel Technology Turns Garbage into Ethanol

Imagine using a dump site to produce a fuel resource. Due to a novel technology developed by a company called BlueFire Ethanol, the cellulosic ethanol within municipal and other waste products could be transformed into an alternative fuel resource. The ...

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MIT Energy Efficient Fusion Power

MIT Energy Efficient Fusion Power

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are looking into using radio waves to control plasmas and possibly making energy efficient fusion reactors viable. Current fusion models rely on feeding plasmas through large magnets in controllable ways. One of ...

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Bio-Based Solar Cells

Bio-Based Solar Cells

The California-based “BioSolar” company has developed a novel technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources, which could significantly reduce the cost of solar cells. By replacing petroleum-based plastic solar cell components with bio-based materials, the company says it ...

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Carbon Material to Store Renewable Energy

Carbon Material to Store Renewable Energy

Engineers and scientists from the University of Texas in Austin have recently discovered the use of graphene, a relatively new, one-atom thick carbon based material, as a means to store electrical charge in an ultracapacitor. This new breakthrough could ultimately ...

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Energy-Harvesting Radios

Energy-Harvesting Radios

Engineers from Kansas State University (KSU), in collaboration with the San Diego-based integrated circuit manufacturer “Peregrine Semiconductor” are set to develop an energy-harvesting radio, which would be able to continuously transmit data without ever requiring a change of batteries. Professor ...

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Intel’s Wireless Power Technology Demonstrated

Intel claims it has improved the efficiency of a method for powering devices wirelessly. Intel’s “Wireless Energy Resonant Link” (WREL), technology was demonstrated by transmitting electricity wirelessly to a lamp on stage and lighting a 60 watt bulb, which consumes ...

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New Process Extracts Hydrogen from Unrefined Oil

New Process Extracts Hydrogen from Unrefined Oil

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory in the US and Kingston Process Metallurgy, Inc (KPM) in Canada have developed a new process that extracts pure hydrogen from unrefined oil. Their molten copper reactor is more energy efficient than current methods for ...

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Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy

Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Carolina State University (NC State) have developed cooperatively a new “green” technology which could lead to clean production of hydrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Thermotoga maritima (green/yellow rods) growing in co-culture with ...

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