Scientists invent a solar panel that produces hydrogen

March 7, 2019 by  
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Scientists in Belgium have invented a solar panel that produces hydrogen as a source of fuel to heat homes. Using moisture in the atmosphere, the solar panel converts sunlight into hydrogen gas, producing about 250 liters of gas every day. The team of scientists, lead by Professor Johan Martens, have been developing their hydrogen solar panel for the past 10 years. When they first started, they were only able to produce small quantities of hydrogen gas, but now the gas bubbles are visible the moment they roll the panel out under the sun. Related: California approves rule to require solar panels on new houses “It’s actually a unique combination of physics and chemistry,” Martens explained. “Over an entire year, the panel produces an average of 250 liters per day, which is a world record.” According to CleanTechnica , Martens estimates that 20 solar panels could provide enough energy and electricity to heat up a home and still have some to spare for the following year. The team is still not ready to build the panels for commercial use, but they are getting ready for a trial run at a home in Flanders. If the tests are successful, the researchers are planning to expand their trials to an entire neighborhood. Being an extremely combustible gas, hydrogen can be dangerous if not handled correctly. While the general public may have some concerns about using hydrogen as a heating source, the Belgium-based scientists said it carries the same risks associated with natural gas. The hydrogen produced by the solar panels is stored in an oil tank that is installed near the home. While this technology is certainly promising — and produces zero carbon emissions — the cost of the solar panels, storage tanks and furnace, plus installation, is a big unknown. That said, the upfront cost may be high, but homeowners would pay off the system over time, especially if they no longer relied on city electricity or natural gas. There is no word yet on when the hydrogen solar panels will be available on the market, but the scientists are very optimistic about the upper limits of this technology. + KU Leuven Via CleanTechnica Image via H. Hach

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‘Power paper’ stores electricity and recharges in seconds

December 7, 2015 by  
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One of the difficulties with renewable energy, like solar cells and wind turbines , is the problem of how to store that energy for use when the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing. Researchers in Sweden have come up with a novel solution which they call “power paper”. The slightly plasticky paper made from organic materials has set a world record for its exceptional ability to conduct ions and electrons. Read the rest of ‘Power paper’ stores electricity and recharges in seconds

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Sculptural floating kayak club doubles as a beautiful community space in Denmark

December 7, 2015 by  
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This cardboard Fender Stratocaster shreds just like the real thing

December 7, 2015 by  
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The masterminds behind Signal Snowboards have created a fully functional guitar out of paper. Teaming up with Epson Packaging in their Cardboard Chaos series, the crew set out to design a cardboard version of the classic Fender Stratocaster and succeeded, leaving experts speechless. Read the rest of This cardboard Fender Stratocaster shreds just like the real thing

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German researchers crack the code for carbon-free methane to hydrogen conversion

December 7, 2015 by  
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German researchers have “cracked” the code for breaking down methane from natural gas without creating carbon dioxide, and in the process dealt a blow to climate change. Gizmag reports scientists at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have created a process that lets them extract the energy content from methane, in the form of hydrogen, without emitting any CO2. The process, known as “methane cracking,” separates the hydrogen and carbon elements found in methane by subjecting them to temperatures of more than 1,382 degrees Fahrenheit and avoids previously problematic carbon emissions via a unique design. Read the rest of German researchers crack the code for carbon-free methane to hydrogen conversion

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Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

May 23, 2013 by  
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It’s hard to imagine a time when driving cross-country was a challenge, a time when gas stations were infrequent and roads were unreliably paved. But that’s exactly what inspired the people at Moto Electra Racing to attempt to ride their electric motorcycle across the country in a record-breaking three days. With 2,500 miles to cover, that’s an average speed of 70 mph with 20 stops for charging and catnaps — a challenge for any rider. Read the rest of Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coast to coast trip on an emotorcycle , coast to coast world record , cross country motorcycle , electric motorcycle , electric motorcycle cross country , electric motorcycle racing , electric motorcycle world record , green motorcycles , green racing , Moto Electra motorcycles , Moto Electra Racing , Moto Electra world record , Thad Wolff cross-country , Thad Wolff racing        

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Airbnb is Illegal in NYC, Rules Judge

May 23, 2013 by  
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New Yorkers looking to make some extra cash by renting out their pads on Airbnb may be in for a very rude (and expensive) awakening . An NYC judge recently fined a man who listed his condo on Airbnb $2,400 after finding that he violated a 2011 law which says it’s illegal to rent out an apartment for less than 29 days . Do you think the law is fair, or does it need to be amended? Read on for the full story. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Airbnb , airbnb illegal in nyc , cheap nyc hotels , Christine Quinn , emily giske , illegal airbnb , is airbnb legal , nyc airbnb , nyc apartments , nyc hotels , nyc rentals        

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Monstrans’ Single-Sheet Bamboo Chair Folds Flat for Easy Storage

May 23, 2013 by  
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Design company Monstrans ‘ newest chair is made from a single sheet of renewable bamboo plywood, putting a clever spin on the classic folding chair . The Folding Chair, which was on display at  ICFF  this week, solves is portable and it saves space, folding up into a single piece with a handle. Aside from being efficient and useful, the chair also yields minimal construction waste and material use. Read the rest of Monstrans’ Single-Sheet Bamboo Chair Folds Flat for Easy Storage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , folding chair , green design , ICFF , Monstrans , small living , sustainable design        

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Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

May 23, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A new study by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration  finds that two underground sites in the Pacific Northwest are ideal for storing energy produced by the wind. Compressed air energy storage plants could capture the wind during times when breezes are more abundant at night and demand for electricity is low for use during peak hours. Able to switch between power storage and generation in a matter of minutes, the method could be an important means to assist states reach their Renewable Portfolio Standards . Read the rest of Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , alabama , boardman , bonneville power administration , columbia hills site , Department of Energy , Electricity , geothermal , germany , natural gas , northwest power and conservation council , Oregon , Pacific Northwest , pnnl-bpa , renewable portfolio standard , washington , yakima minerals site        

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Sorry, wrong number: AT&T’s recycling claim doesn’t add up

December 6, 2012 by  
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The telecommunications company boasts that its customers broke a world record for recycling cell phones in a one-week period. But is that a true measure of sustainable progress?

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