New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

March 2, 2012 by  
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Poo-power , or the science of turning excrement into energy, has been gaining popularity over recent years, and now scientists at Penn State University have developed a device which they claim could allow sewage plants to efficiently turn their own wastewater into eco-friendly wattage. The device combines microbial fuel cell technology with reverse electrodialysis systems to produce 0.9 kilowatt-hours of electricity per kilogram of organic waste. Read the rest of New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biofuels , Bruce Logan , microbial fuel cell , Penn State , pennsylvania state university , Poo Power! , renewable energy , Reverse Electrodialysis , Sewage Energy , wastewater management

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

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Frank Lloyd Wright ‘s reverence for the natural world is well documented – the famed architect coined the term “organic architecture,” a style of building that blends in seamlessly with the natural world. But although his buildings did complement their surroundings, they still depended on many of the same energy inputs as other buildings. Now, more than 50 years after his death, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is planning to give Taliesin West — Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale, AZ — a net zero energy upgrade. Read the rest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Arizona , AZ , FLW , frank lloyd wright , green renovations , green retrofits , historic architecture , national register of historic places , net-zero energy , phoenix , prairie style architecture , Scottsdale , solar , Taliesin West

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Seilfaktur Knits Old Climbing Ropes into Amazing ‘SeilSchaft’ Furniture

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German designer Angelika Hess is located in Rosenheim near the Alps, where many local sports enthusiasts enjoy rock climbing; this led her to ask: “What happens to all those climbing ropes after they’ve lived out their load-bearing lifecycle”? Over time the ropes need to changed for safety reasons, and the old ones are often relegated to climbers’ garages – so she decided to give this strong and colorful material a second life by turning the old ropes into fun modern furniture. Hess’ cushy handmade Seilschaft furnishings invite users to play and explore new ways of interacting with them – the versatile pieces can serve as chaise lounges, mats, day beds, and more! + Seilfaktur 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” , “sustainable furniture” , climbing rope , climbing rope furniture , green design , handmade furniture , knit furniture , recycled climbing rope , recycled furniture , Recycled Materials , seilfaktur , seilschaft , sustainable design

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3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

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Gas prices have increased at record levels this month, with prices climbing for 20 days in a row , and as gas prices rise, interest in more fuel efficient vehicles go up as well. Automakers have continued to focus on hybrids, electric vehicles and more efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but one fuel source has been largely ignored, natural gas. There are several reasons for this (read on to learn more), but the good news is that several companies, like 3M, are working on nanoparticle technology that could make natural gas cars more attractive. While as green transportation supporters, we think it’s important to point out that natural gas is a sort of temporary band-aid that should not distract us from the ultimate goal of getting truly sustainable electric cars on the road, we’re still excited to hear about 3M’s strides to advance this cleaner alternative to gasoline for the time being. Read the rest of 3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3m , automotive , chesapeake energy , green technology , Honda , honda civic , nanoparticle technology , nanoparticles , natural gas , natural gas buses , natural gas fleets , natural gas trucks

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