Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

April 24, 2017 by  
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A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars, not to mention reducing waste. The team, led by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, asked themselves whether silicon dioxide found in waste beverage bottles would be able to provide high purity silicon nanoparticles that can be subsequently used for lithium-ion batteries. The three-step process of producing the anodes starts by crushing and grounding glass bottles into fine white powder, silicon dioxide is then converted into nanostructured silicon, followed by coating the silicon nanoparticles with carbon. Related: 94-year-old inventor of lithium-ion cells develops new battery that can store 3 times more energy According to lab test, coin cell batteries that were made using the glass bottle-based silicon anodes considerably outperformed conventional batteries and demonstrated excellent electrochemical performance. The team expect these high-performance batteries to not only extend the range of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles, but also provide extra power with fewer charges to laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets. Photos via University of California, Riverside

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KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

September 26, 2014 by  
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Open Air Gjennomsikte Pavilion Doubles as a Lakeside Retreat and Theater Stage

November 28, 2013 by  
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This project was built in connection with the walkabout project (Breddelangs), which is a local initiative organized to bring awareness to the Lahelle river area. The green park surrounding the pavilion has become quite a popular place for local families despite the fact that the lot was formerly labeled as a  toxic, polluted space. The area has been transformed quite a bit recently in order to erase traces of its former industrial past: new real estate projects have been approved and a community arts center has opened recently. To further enhance the area along the riverbanks, local municipalities have plans to develop a large network of pedestrian and bicycle connections . + Kollaboratoriet Via Arch Daily Photos by Feileacán McCormick and Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Architecture , community space , Eco Architecture , eco building , Gjennomsikte Pavilion , green architecture , Kollaboratoriet , norway , Norway Architecture , Norwegian , Porsgrunn , public buildings , public space , riverside , skien , Sustainable Materials , theater , theatre , theatre space , timber structures , urban development        

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The Spectacular Museo Soumaya Shines Brightly in Mexico City

November 28, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of The Spectacular Museo Soumaya Shines Brightly in Mexico City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , art museum , Carlos Slim Helú , curved steel columns , Eco Architecture , Fernando Romero , Fernando Romero EnterprisE , hexagonal tiles , latin america art museum , mexico , mexico city , Mexico City architecture , mexico city iconic , mixed-use development , museo soumaya , Museum , skylight , spiral , spiraling structure        

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Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

November 28, 2013 by  
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Whether you want to call it yarn-bombing or guerrilla knitting , this craze has spread across the world in a colorful display of environmentally friendly public art. Isabeau Joubert has done something similar over in Cape Town, South Africa, giving two vintage bicycles a dazzling makeover by using brightly colored wool in a burst of yarn graffiti . The crocheted bicycles were a gift to not only their owners but to the city of Cape Town itself; a piece of public art that aims to inspire others to get on their bikes. Joubert used a bright orange wool to reflect how much she loves exploring the city by bicycle, so now these happy-go-lucky bikes are spreading the message to fellow urban dwellers! Read the rest of Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bicycling , bike , bikes , biking , crocheting , cycling , fiber art , fibre art , green art , guerrilla knitting , Isabeau Joubert , knitting , public art , sustainable artwork , urban biking , urban transport , yarn , yarn bombing , yarn graffiti        

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Solar Composting Toilets Highlight Green Changes to NYC Park

November 19, 2013 by  
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The plan for Riverside Park in NYC includes composting toilets that use little to no water.

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Trader Joe’s Ex-President Plans Market to Prevent Food Waste

November 19, 2013 by  
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Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, is planning a store that will sell food slightly past its sell-by date for rock-bottom prices.

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Video: From Wasted Food to Useful Water

November 19, 2013 by  
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Food2Water, founded by Frank Florio, is a green tech company that creates and installs the Food Waste Liquefier, a machine that recycles food waste into water.

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

January 17, 2013 by  
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A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and lithium-ion batteries. The findings show that gumboot chitons – a variety of large marine snails – use conveyer belt-like magnetic teeth to grasp algae on rocks. This biomineralization process could help grow minerals used in solar cells and batteries and also make harder, abrasion and impact-resistant materials. Read the rest of UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: David Kisailus UCR , green technology , gumboot chiton research , impact-resistant materials , magnetite research , marine snail teeth research , nanomaterial research , scientific research , Solar cells , solar industry , UC Riverside Research

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A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

January 17, 2013 by  
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When there is an earthquake , we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth’s crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February 28, 2001 a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit near Olympia, Washington. Thirty miles under the surface, the tremors shook the ground for nearly half a minute. It also had a strange and beautiful effect upon a small, sand-tracing pendulum in a shop in Port Townsend. Traced into the sand was an oddly beautiful pattern resembling a rose. Read the rest of A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , earthquake , eye , geologist , norman macleod , olympia , pattern , pendulum , port townsend , rose , sand , seismologist , washington

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