Superhydrophobic Coating Makes Better Solar Panels

June 2, 2015 by  
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Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a coating for glass that is superhydrophobic, making it so that it will literally bounce water off the surface. This coating also decreases the amount of light that reflects away from the glass. The benefits for solar collectors are immediately evident. The ability to be self-cleaning would be an enormous benefit for solar panels, even without the additional conversion efficiency benefits. Although many of the best locations for solar panel farms are in dusty desert climates with very little rainfall, even there, the ability to clean the solar panels with just a small amount of water and the self-cleaning ability of the panels would be a benefit, and a savings in labor and in water use. The coating can be applied to glass in a number of different categories, including architectural purposes, and military applications, but the use of superhydrophobic coating for solar panels could be particularly beneficial: “Where solar panels are concerned, the suppression of reflected light translates into a 3-6 percent relative increase in light-to-electricity conversion efficiency and power output of the cells. Coupled with the superhydrophobic self-cleaning ability, this could also substantially reduce maintenance and operating costs of solar panels. In addition, the coating is highly effective at blocking ultraviolet light.” According to the ORNL press release , the coating is also highly durable, unlike other hydrophobic and self-cleaning technologies. The process to make this coating is also cost-effective, and it “can be fabricated through industry standard techniques mak[ing] it easy and inexpensive to scale up and apply to a wide variety of glass platforms.” via: Oak Ridge National Laboratory press release image via: ORNL

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Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

August 9, 2013 by  
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Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. Just ask the researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences , who took a look at the beautiful and carnivorous pitcher plant and found inspiration for making super glass. The coating of the pitcher plant is so slick that it repels just about everything, including honey . Researchers want to apply this same coating to glass to create a sort of “super glass,” which could mean self-cleaning windows and eyeglasses. Read the rest of Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Glass Coating , glass repellant coating , Harvard research , Harvard science , Harvard SEAS , Harvard SLIP , Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences , Nature Inspired technology , Oil Reistant Glass Coating , Pitcher Plant , pitcher plant technology , Protective glass coating , Super Glass , Super Glass Coating , technology from nature , Water Resistant glass coating        

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

August 9, 2013 by  
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Emerging Objects Plans To 3D-Print Rooms and Entire Buildings

August 9, 2013 by  
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Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

August 9, 2013 by  
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Bucharest-based studio Armarada designed Avis Magica as a conceptual vertical tower that boasts a 120 meter-tall aquarium and energy-generating “feathers,” among many other zany features. An artificial “ecosystem” stacked in a stylized skyscraper, the profusion of nature inside the tower acts as a giant oxygen tank for the city . Read the rest of Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 120 meter tall aquarium , aquarium towers , Ararada Design , Architecture , Avis Magica , DawnTown , Design , design competitions , eco design , energy generating feathers , energy-generating towers , Miami , Miami architecture competition , sustainable design        

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

August 9, 2013 by  
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We all secretly suspected that Fox News was behind climate change denial, but new research actually proves that tuning into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or other conservative media makes people suspicious of climate scientists and therefore less likely to believe climate change is real, The Guardian reports. The study, published in the Public Understanding of Science , lists five major methods by which conservative media sways their followers. Read the rest of Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change denial , climate change science , conservative media , conservative news media USA , Fox News , global warming , media in the US , pseudo science , Rush Limbaugh        

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Nanotech Breakthrough: Self-Cleaning Solar Panels

December 9, 2009 by  
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Solar panels may have just become more low maintenance.  While conducting research on a cure forl Alzheimer’s, scientists at Tel Aviv University ended up with a nanotech breakthrough that could mean no more worrying about keeping solar panels clean – they can clean themselves! The researchers were conducting experiments on ways to control peptide atoms and molecules (Alzheimer’s sufferers have a particular peptide found in the plaques that form in their brains) and they found a way to get peptides to self-assemble in a vacuum.  The resulting arrangement of peptides acts as a dust- and water-repelling coating.

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Control the Climate at Your Desk, Save Energy

December 8, 2009 by  
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Ever wish you could micromanage the heating and cooling of your workplace down to the area around your desk?  Turns out, not only would it make you more comfortable, but it would also save energy. If you’ve ever worked in a large office building, you know that the AC can pump so much that you’re freezing in the middle of summer.  In my last workplace, many people used individual space heaters to cancel out the arctic blast of the AC vents – not exactly energy efficient!  Well, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered that allowing people to control their own AC vents at their desk can cut a building’s energy use by as much as 50 percent

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If You Could Ask the World Leaders Attending COP15 One Question, What Would It Be?

December 7, 2009 by  
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I’m putting a call out for your most pressing climate change questions.  CNN is broadcasting another YouTube debate, this time on climate change, live from the climate conference in Copenhagen.  CNN has asked all major environment blogs to submit a question to be asked of the leaders and activists taking part in the debate. Post your questions in the comments and I’ll come up with a question from the EcoGeek community based on your responses.  Please post your questions by this Friday, December 10.  The debate will stream live on CNN.com and YouTube on December 15 and then on CNN International on December 16.  Here’s a link with the details

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Self-Healing Paint Coming to Cell Phones

November 30, 2009 by  
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Nissan has licensed its self-healing paint to a cell phone company that will use the coating on phones for the Japanese market. The paint reacts with the sun and heat to heal minor scratches in a week or less.  

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