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

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

Audi’s active suspension draws power from bumps in the road


Audi has developed an active suspension system – eROT – that captures kinetic energy from bumps in the road and potholes and converts it into electricity. From Engadget’s article:

To convert kinetic to electrical energy, the shocks use a lever arm that captures up-and-down wheel motion and transmits it to a 48 volt alternator. It’s then converted into electricity, with an average recuperation output of 100 to 150 watts — as little as 3 watts on a freeway, and up to 613 watts on a rough county road.

Via Engadget: https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/11/audi-regenerative-active-suspension/

Research shows potential for turning CO2 to stone

The BBC reports on a promising new method for storing CO2, tested by researchers in Iceland. From the article:

The researchers report an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock.

Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts convert the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid.

Even more encouraging, the team writes in Science magazine, is the speed at which this process occurs: on the order of months.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36494501

Self sufficient neighbourhood under construction near Amsterdam

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FastCoExist reports on the construction of a self-sufficient ReGen Village in the suburbs of Amsterdam that will generate it’s own power, grow food and manage its waste.

Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3060167/this-new-neighborhood-will-grow-its-own-food-power-itself-and-handle-its-own-waste

Hybrid solar & biofuel plane to cross Atlantic

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Inhabitat features a hybrid solar and biofuel plane that will attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing later this year, which if successful will be the first zero-carbon flight over the Atlantic.

The article states that the plane will be “powered by a combination of solar energy and biofuels produced from microalgae, which was developed specifically for the Eraole. Wing-mounted solar panels will provide 25 percent of the plane’s power, while 55 percent will come from the algae-derived biofuels. For the remaining 20 percent of the time, the plane will simply glide on wind currents.”

Source: http://inhabitat.com/hybrid-solar-and-biofuel-plane-to-attempt-first-zero-carbon-trans-atlantic-flight/

An ultra clean wood burning stove

FastCoExist features what is claimed to be the world’s cleanest wood stove – the Mulciber – which is highly efficient and would have a lower environmental impact for many who burn wood as a primary or secondary source of heat.

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Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3056012/this-ultra-clean-wood-stove-creates-a-cozy-fire-that-doesnt-pollute