Solar paint converts water vapor into hydrogen fuel

Via Inhabitat:

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have created a revolutionary new solar paint that can be used to produce endless amounts of clean energy. The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/revolutionary-solar-paint-creates-endless-energy-from-water-vapor/

Artificial photosynthesis transforms atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Via Kurzweil AI

University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

UCF Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his students used a synthetic material called a metal–organic framework (MOF), which converts carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials — similar to how plants convert CO2 and sunlight into food.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-artificial-photosynthesis-process-converts-co2-in-air-to-fuel

A vertical farm and education centre to combat rural poverty

Inhabitat features a concept modular and moveable building – called Mashambas – that could be used to increase farming productivity and reduce poverty in developing nations, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa where around 40% of the population are subsistence farmers.

Combining growing space, tools, education and a marketplace, the Mashambas is put in place for as long as needed – i.e. when the local community is thriving and self sustaining – before being disassembled and moved to another community.

http://inhabitat.com/incredible-farming-skyscraper-could-fight-poverty-and-feed-the-world/

All Dutch trains now powered by wind energy

The Guardian reports that all trains running in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, as of 1st January 2017 (1 year ahead of schedule). 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/10/dutch-trains-100-percent-wind-powered-ns?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

South Korean fusion reactor sets new endurance record

There’s still a very long way to go before fusion reactors become viable (several decades?), but a 70 second blast of high performance plasma at a South Korean research facility could be a small step in the right direction.

Via Engadget: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/19/fusion-reactor-endurance-record/

Four Capital Cities Ban Diesel Cars From 2025

MIT Technology Review reports on the announcement that four global capital cities will be banning diesel cars from 2025 – Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris – in order to improve air quality and drive adoption of electric vehicles.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603026/four-huge-cities-are-banning-diesel-cars/amp/

Could A Giant Vacuum Cleaner Tackle Pollution?

FastCoExist highlights a device that sucks fine particulate matter from the air, that if deployed in sufficient numbers would clean the air in cities and other polluted areas.

The Dutch inventors claim the huge ‘vacuum cleaners’ can filter most of the fine particles emitted from vehicles / power plants and through industrial pollution – that have both health and climate impacts.
Source: https://www.fastcoexist.com/3065052/change-generation/this-giant-dutch-vacuum-cleaner-sucks-pollution-out-of-the-sky

Tesla unveils roof tiles with integrated solar cells

Tesla has introduced Solar Roof – a new range of glass roof tiles that have built in solar cells in what could be a major next step in integrating clean and renewable energy generation into buildings and objects. 

There are four durable glass tiles to choose from that mimic slate and other colours traditionally used in roofing materials, with a solar cell below the glass.

Via: The BBC
Tesla shows off solar roof tiles – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37809151

Target trials in-store vertical farms

After collaboration with MIT, Target is to trial in-store vertical farming, in the hope of producing fresh vegetables and herbs all year round, whilst reducing costs and carbon footprint.

Via Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/target-is-launching-vertical-indoor-farms-for-fresh-ultra-local-produce/

Royal Caribbean to use LNG and fuel cells on ships to reduce emissions

Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.

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Image credit: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Source: http://www.rclcorporate.com/rcl-steps-to-the-fore-with-plans-for-fuel-cell-technology/

Via: Engadget

Concept: Aid-Delivering Drone That Breaks Into Edible / Useful Parts

FastCoExist highlights the development of a humanitarian drone for disaster and conflict zones by Windhorse Aerospace that is packed full of food and useful parts. From the article:

“Because the drone, called the Pouncer, is designed for one-way delivery, it can be broken down and reused when it arrives. Chop up the lightweight plywood frame, and it becomes kindling for a fire to cook the food. The wings themselves are packed with meals. The protective covers around the food can be used in shelters.”


Source: https://www.fastcoexist.com/3064094/this-humanitarian-aid-delivering-drone-is-going-to-be-edible

UK to build the world’s largest offshore windfarm

Engadget reports on plans to build the largest offshore wind farm – Hornsea Project 1 and 2 -off the east coast of the UK to generate 1,800 MW and power 1.8m homes.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/17/worlds-largest-offshore-windfarm-uk/

Largest offshore wind farm to power 1m homes in the Netherlands

Inhabitat highlights plans for what will be the worlds largest offshore wind farm – to be built off the coast of The Netherlands. As well as its impressive scale – powering c. 1 million homes – the project should also result in some of the most cost effective wind energy anywhere.  

Source: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-largest-and-cheapest-offshore-wind-farm-will-power-1m-homes/