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28 11 2020 | 07:23

Invention that makes renewable energy from rotting veg wins James Dyson prize.

Carvey Maigue, from the Philippines, used a substance made from crop waste. A novel material made from rotting fruit and vegetables that absorbs stray UV light from the sun and converts it into…

16 11 2020 | 07:27

Material Revolutions: Shirts Made from Shellfish, Biodegradable Rum Bottles and Reusable Fast Food Containers.

In the age of consumption, sustainability innovations can help shift cultural habits and protect dwindling natural resources. Improvements in source materials, product durability and end-of-life…

09 11 2020 | 07:13

Change Game: your chance to simulate climate change.

Change Game is a video game that confronts the complexity of climate change, and how it interacts with society and natural ecosystems.

03 11 2020 | 08:02

This White Paint Could Reduce the Need for Air Conditioning.

What if paint could cool off a building enough to not need air conditioning? Purdue University engineers have created white paint that can keep surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their…

02 11 2020 | 16:13

Water for everyone!

 

02 11 2020 | 07:01

Doe your bit: Japan invents bags deer can eat after plastic-related deaths.

The famed deer that roam the city of Nara, in Japan, no longer face discomfort – or far worse – after local companies developed a safe alternative to the plastic packaging discarded by tourists that…

10 10 2020 | 09:02

Robots and magnetic soap: scientists rethink oil spill clean-ups.

Incidents such as ship stranding in Mauritius stress need for quick and effective solutions. Special sponges, magnetic soap and autonomous robots are among the latest wave of inventions aimed at…

10 10 2020 | 08:25

Biodegradable, Carbon-Negative Straws and Cutlery Could Help Stop Plastic Pollution.

Newlight Technologies, a California biotech company, has set its sights on curbing greenhouse gas emissions and marine plastic pollution simultaneously. The startup uses ocean bacteria to create a…

27 09 2020 | 08:00

New Cooling Technology Protects Against Severe Heat and Viral Spread

In the face of dangerous heat waves this summer, Americans have taken shelter in air conditioned cooling centers. Normally, that would be a wise choice, but during a pandemic, indoor shelters present…

27 09 2020 | 07:49

Solar Windows Will Soon Become A Commercial Reality.

Last year, the United Nations sent out a grim warning: The world has a very short 10-year window to act to avert catastrophic and irreversible climate change.

19 09 2020 | 10:20

The solar fridge helping African entrepreneurs living off the grid.

London - Keeping food fresh without refrigeration is near impossible in the scorching climate of sub-Saharan Africa. But it's hard to power fridges in a region where almost 600 million people live…

08 09 2020 | 11:44

Energy storage “Lego blocks” offer missing piece to 100 per cent renewable grid.

As climate change worsens, the future of fossil fuel jobs and infrastructure is uncertain. But a new energy storage technology invented in Australia could enable coal-fired power stations to run…

16 08 2020 | 09:52

Energy and the Military: Leading by Example

PITTSBURGH: As the world demands more energy, nations face the often-competing pressures to increase energy access and affordability, protect the environment, and assure energy security.  The…

16 08 2020 | 09:14

Solar energy breakthrough paves way for electricity-generating colourful windows.

Cells are more environmentally friendly and cheaper to produce than traditional silicon-based technology. Researchers in South Korea have manufactured a ground-breaking form of solar cell using thin…

16 08 2020 | 09:03

Powerhouses: nanotechnology turns bricks into batteries.

Research could pave way for cheap supercapacitor storage of renewable energy. The humble house brick has been turned into a battery that can store electricity, raising the possibility that buildings…

14 08 2020 | 13:45

Why invest in Concentrating Solar Power (“CSP”)?

Why is Bill Gates backing a CSP company? What is oil major ENI doing with a CSP startup? Why has Zurich airport agreed to purchase aviation fuel from a CSP company? Why are investors purchasing…

10 08 2020 | 07:51

Pandemic takes toll on funding for low-carbon innovation.

“Recovery plans rooted in the energy transition represent a far-sighted investment.” So claims Irena, the International Renewable Energy Agency. It says too that for every million dollars invested…

10 08 2020 | 07:20

Digitalisation and Africa's renewable energy sector post-Covid.

Rapid progression in increasingly more affordable storage technologies has enabled renewable energy units to become progressively more reliable. On account of their decentralised nature, renewable…

10 08 2020 | 06:48

How Underwater Microphones Are Helping Scientists Measure Climate Change.

Melting and crumbling glaciers are largely responsible for rising sea levels, so learning more about how glaciers shrink is vital to those who hope to save coastal cities and preserve wildlife. But…

05 08 2020 | 08:11

Meet the Woman Making Bamboo Bikes in Ghana.

Bernice Dapaah calls bamboo "a miracle plant," because it grows so fast and absorbs carbon. But it can also work wonders for children's education and women's employment – as she's discovered. Bamboo…