Chinese researchers develop flexible salt-powered batteries

August 14, 2017 by  
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As the world rushes to transition to a new energy economy, researchers are uncovering novel methods to harvest energy from mundane, everyday sources. A research team in China has created a new battery that could be safely used in wearable or implantable devices, thanks to its use of salt-based electrolytes. This breakthrough could drastically improve the quality and safety of battery-dependent medical technology and may even pave the way for sweat-powered devices. In order to be effective, implantable or wearable batteries need to be flexible to allow functional bending on organic surfaces. In prior iterations, these batteries usually included a mix of toxic chemicals that serve as the electrolytes through which electrical charge can flow. This new battery uses non-harmful electrolytes such as sodium sulfate and saline. Because there is less of a concern regarding leakage of these chemicals, the battery’s design does not require extra material to protect humans from exposure and is significantly less bulky. Related: Inexpensive new battery generates power with just a drop of saliva One particularly interesting implication of a salt-based battery is the idea that the batteries could prove effective at harvesting sweat and other salty bodily fluids to power a workout assistant device. The researchers also noted that the batteries have a marked ability to convert dissolved oxygen into hydroxide ions, which could prove useful in medical applications.  “We can implant these fiber-shaped electrodes into the human body to consume essential oxygen, especially for areas that are difficult for injectable drugs to reach,” said researcher Yonggang Wang. “Deoxygenation might even wipe out cancerous cells or pathogenic bacteria since they are very sensitive to changes in living environment pH. Of course, this is hypothetical right now, but we hope to investigate further with biologists and medical scientists.” Via Engadget Images via Deposit Photos , Tim Simpson/Flickr  and Andy Armstrong/Flickr

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4 ways to strengthen Bill Gates’ energy innovation push

March 9, 2016 by  
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Calling all billionaires! Imagine a center for energy innovation outside the nation’s capital. And that’s just one way you can help.

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World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

November 22, 2013 by  
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The world’s largest  wind turbine drivetrain  testing facility and smart grid simulator just officially launched at  The Energy Systems Innovation Center  in Charleston, South Carolina on November 21st. The facility will test the huge drivetrains used in offshore wind farms, while the “grid simulator,” built in a former U.S. Navy warehouse, will be used to assess the impact of wind turbines on the electric grid. Read the rest of World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Charleston wind turbine testing facility , Clemson Restoration Institute , Clemson University , Duke Energy eGRID , offshore wind farms , SCE&G Energy Innovation Center , us wind power , wind energy grid simulator , wind turbine drivetrain testing facility , wind turbine testing facility , wind turbines        

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Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

November 22, 2013 by  
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It’s no secret that humans are living beyond the means that the planet can sustainably provide – but did you know that on August 20th, 2013 we consumed all of the earth’s allotted resources for the entire year? International Business Guide just launched a new infographic that shows the staggering amounts of energy and food that countries around the world consume – and how much garbage we produce in the process. Check it out after the break! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , agriculture , environmental issues , food security , global consumption , hungry planet , infographic , natural resources , renewable energy , sustainable food        

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Sergio Vergara’s Guacamaya Tables Fuse Colombian Craftsmanship with Modern Furniture Design

November 22, 2013 by  
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  Guacamayas is a village in the department of Boyacá, Colombia, where traditional artisans manufacture handicrafts from straw and fique. Originally, the material was used for food gathering and in sacred rituals and ceremonies, but today the artisans of the area use it to make an array of decorative objects, such as baskets, dishes, fruit bowls, and placemats. Designer  Sergio Vergara  was inspired by this traditional artisan craft and he challenged himself to combine the old craft with a contemporary design. His Guacamaya tables are designs that use the same material, with the tables in particular taking shape with a spiral and coil atop a matte black metallic structure. The pieces are also part of the ‘Tropical Glamour Collection’ for Zientte  and Artesanias de Colombia. + Sergio Vergara + Zientte The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Colombian craftsmanship , Contemporary Design , Guacamaya table , Sergio Vergara , Tropical Glamour Collection , Zientte and Artesanias de Colombia        

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How Philadelphia is leading in energy innovation

February 27, 2013 by  
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The mayor's sustainability efforts, along with EEB Hub, are creating a more resilient and competitive building stock.

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How crowdfunding lowers the cost of solar energy

February 27, 2013 by  
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Mosaic's Kickstarter-type investment model for solar power has gotten lots of praise but it's even better than it seems.

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Why we need a shift to a smarter physical infrastructure

February 27, 2013 by  
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A new approach is needed to meet sustainability goals in today's matrix of buildings, cities and utilities.

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