New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes

December 7, 2016 by  
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A scientific breakthrough at the University of Surrey could completely change how we charge our devices. Researchers developed a new material that could be used to create supercapacitors 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than conventional batteries . The new super batteries would also be safer, faster charging, more efficient, and greener. The breakthrough is made possible by a special type of polymer that is, surprisingly enough, adapted from the principles used to make soft contact lenses. Supercapacitors have long been considered a superior alternative to batteries – able to charge and discharge energy incredibly quickly. However, until now, the materials used for these devices have had a poor energy density that limited their usefulness. This new, denser polymer could change all that. This groundbreaking new technology could allow electric cars to finally become competitive with conventional vehicles. Cars equipped with the new supercapacitors could be charged in minutes, taking no longer than the time it takes to fill a normal vehicle with gasoline. It could also completely transform our household devices and appliances, allowing phones and laptops to charge in mere seconds. Related: MIT’s new carbon-free supercapacitor could revolutionize the way we store power The development seems to confirm what Elon Musk has been predicting for years : that supercapacitors are likely the future of electric transportation. With this new breakthrough, it’s only a matter of time before faster-charging EVs capable of traveling far longer distances hit the market. Via The Daily Mail Images via Myrtle Beach TheDigitel and Pixabay

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NewWood Composite Panels are Made From 100% Post-Industrial Wood and Plastic Waste

March 7, 2012 by  
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Elma, WA-based NewWood Manufacturing has developed an innovative line of composite building panels that are made of 50% recycled plastic and 50% recycled wood . In the process, they’ve breathed new life into a town by employing residents of an area in Washington State that has been affected by chronic unemployment. Utilizing post-consumer and post-industrial wood and plastic waste, NewWood is dedicated to making “Better materials to build a better world.” NewWood makes for a superior building material because it is waterproof, insect resistant, durable and easy to use. NewWood cuts like wood and performs like plastic – and, of course, it’s eco-friendly. + NewWood 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 Building , green design , new building materials , newwood , recycled composite boards , Recycled Materials , recycled plastic panels , recycled wood panels , sustainable building materials , sustainable design

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March 6, 2012 by  
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Washington’s First LEED Platinum Prefabricated, Modular Home Today, Greenfab was awarded LEED Platinum certification by USGBC for achievement in green homebuilding and design. Greenfab’s prefabricated, modular home is the first to be certified LEED Platinum in the State of Washington. The home is part of Greenfab’s 1300 Series now available nationwide at www.greenfab.com. Greenfab homes are not only healthier and stronger but are also completed 50% faster than traditional homes built on-site. Located in Seattle, the 1,870 square foot Greenfab home consists of three bedrooms and focuses heavily on reducing energy use by incorporating double-glazed windows with a U-value of .35, R-26 exterior walls, which are 35 percent better than code (R-17), Energy Star rated appliances, energy recovery ventilation, heat pump electric heating, backup radiant electric heat, and a GE hybrid heat pump water heater. A digital monitoring system collects and measures realtime data about weather, energy and water use, and provides constant feedback to troubleshoot and monitor performance through an interactive iPad/iPhone based application. Necessary wiring for solar panels in the roof has also been installed and approved for future use. Water conservation strategies include a series of three, 300 gallon storage basins that filter and treat grey water from showers, bathroom sinks and the washing machine. A rain garden infiltrates overflow from the grey water treatment system to recharge ground water. A 1,400 gallon above ground water storage cistern captures rainwater for on-site irrigation and toilet flushing. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual- flush toilets contribute to a significant reduction in water usage. Clean indoor air circulates throughout because all of materials used to construct the home were stored and assembled in a controlled factory environment, meaning that there is no risk of mold or mildew, which can happen during traditional construction when building materials are stored outdoors and susceptible to rain and damp weather. The indoor setting also prevents dust and dirt from contaminating ductwork, which can cause long-term adverse indoor air quality problems. All materials, including paints, finishes and adhesives are low or no VOC (volatile organic compounds), and formaldehyde-free. Greenfab sells green, prefabricated, modular homes at an affordable starting price with a personalized, turn-key service that takes the headache out of building a new home. Greenfab realizes that many families have needs that are in conflict with limited budgets, health problems and environmental concerns and exists today to provide a solution to these problems. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Israeli Designer Talia Mukmel Makes Funky Objects from Earth, Flour, Sand and String

December 29, 2011 by  
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Inspired by the crafts and basic materials used by African tribes, Israeli designer  Talia Mukmel created a series of the funky, bumpy containers seen above. Made using knotting techniques like macramé and materials like earth, flour, sand and water, the decorative objects actually look more like bread or mozzarella than home decor. Quirky , biodegradable and ephemeral, Mukmel’s innovative “terra-cotta” containers mix old traditions, easily available materials and experimental new techniques. Read the rest of Israeli Designer Talia Mukmel Makes Funky Objects from Earth, Flour, Sand and String Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Bezalel Art and Design Academy , biodegradable objects , bread objects , Decorative Objects , DIY , earth , ephemeral objects , flour , green products , Israeli design , macrame , New Materials , sand , string , Talia Mukmel , Tel Aviv University , water issues

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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

December 21, 2011 by  
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Born in a Jewish-Arab village in Israel called Wahat-al-Salam , Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting with everyday objects. One of his latest surprising creations is a line of objects called ‘Solskin Peels’ that are made from dried molded orange peels . Solskin means ‘sunshine’ in Danish, and the peels are biodegradable, locally sourced, cheap, water-resistant, and they smell gorgeous. Read the rest of Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , biodegradable objects , biomimicry , fruit containers , green materials , green products , Israeli design , New Materials , orange peels recycling , recycling / compost , Zero energy

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New Eco-Friendly Nano-Bricks Packaging Helps Food Last Longer

March 28, 2011 by  
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A group of researchers from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has developed a new, more environmentally friendly plastic material — which they call nano-bricks — that will help keep foods preserved for longer periods of time.

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3D Printed Air Bike is as Strong as Steel but 1/3rd the Weight of Aluminium

March 10, 2011 by  
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This funky bike is making news today not just  for its design but for how it is made. UK engineers printed the bike using a powder composed of nylon and metal which results in a frame that has the strength of steel while also being 65% lighter than aluminum

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5 Tips to Green Your Living Space from Zem Joaquin

March 10, 2011 by  
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You’ve all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet – are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that ‘going green’ is an altruistic gesture that often comes at great expense and inconvenience (not to mention crunchy brown earthmama aesthetics) – but nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Best Sustainable Ceramics From Cevisama 2011

February 24, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of The Best Sustainable Ceramics From Cevisama 2011 http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ALICER ITC , apavisa , ceracasa , ceramic tiles , cevisama , Cevisama 201 , cevisama 2011 , green building materials , green ceramics , green design , inalco , lama , lifearq , natucer , recycled ceramic tiles , sierragres , sierravent , sustainable design , sustainable flooring , Tau , tile of spain

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New rSTUD Significantly Increases Wall Insulation Performance

November 3, 2010 by  
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A dirty little secret in the building industry is that the promised r-value of a wall is usually just a measure of the cavity insulation in a perfect installation.

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