Building integrated solar panels from Dubai produce clean energy and color

October 31, 2017 by  
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The United States could obtain 40 percent of its energy solely from rooftop solar (with sufficient political will). But what if solar panels could also boost architectural aesthetics? Dubai -based Emirates Insolaire hoped to do just that with their Kromatix technology, providing an alternative to the blue or black panels that adorn many roofs. Plus, their solar products aren’t limited to rooftops — they can also be integrated in balconies or facades. Emirates Insolaire, a joint venture of Dubai Investments PJSC and SwissINSO , is changing our vision of solar with their Kromatix technology, developed with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology . Emirates Insolaire offers Kromatix solar glass in gold, green, or terracotta, with an opaque finish that hides the power-generating technology inside. Solar transmittance varies among colors, but Emirates Insolaire said it is always greater than 85 percent. They also offer Kromatix modules manufactured with their solar glass that have an average efficiency of above 15 percent. Related: Discreet new SolarSkin panels completely blend in with their environment The company doesn’t use pigments to color their solar glass, but rather “a complex nano-scale multilayer deposition by plasma process,” and say the color will remain stable as time passes. According to Emirates Insolaire’s website, “The colored appearance results from the reflection of a narrow spectral band in the visible part of the solar spectrum. The rest of the solar radiation is transmitted to the solar panel to be converted into energy .” The thickness of the solar glass is between 3.2 and eight millimeters. SwissINSO says the Kromatix colored solar panels can be integrated on facades and rooftops of all sorts of structures, from private homes to high-rise buildings. Electrek also reported the Kromatix products are affordable; they estimated a 5.5 kilowatt solar system would cost between $1,300 and $1,500 per home. They said not counting tax credits or incentives, the system would cover the cost of coloring in a little over one and a half years. Emirates Insolaire’s products have been installed across Europe, including at this school in Copenhagen . + Emirates Insolaire Via Electrek Images via Emirates Insolaire

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Climate change may have caused the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire

February 9, 2016 by  
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No matter how humans may struggle to separate ourselves from the natural world, we are inevitably subject to its rule. The Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire, is a case study in how a changing climate can crush imperial ambitions. Recent research conducted at the  Swiss Federal Research Institute used the study of tree rings to determine regional climate changes that fundamentally altered the balance of power 1,500 years ago. Read the rest of Climate change may have caused the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire

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Could this new spinal implant someday help people with paralysis walk?

January 13, 2015 by  
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Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have made a breakthrough  that could someday help paralyzed people walk, run, or even dance again. After years of research, the team has developed e-Dura, a flexible material that allows an implant to be placed on the actual spinal cord without causing damage to the nerve tissue. Read the rest of Could this new spinal implant someday help people with paralysis walk? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breakthrough , discovery , helping people , learning to walk , medical advancements , medical technology , Medicine , mobility , paralysis , paralyzed , prosthesis , rehab , research , scientists , spinal , spinal cord , spinal implant , spinal injury

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Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

January 13, 2015 by  
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Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water Works plans to sue three cities surrounding it over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers caused by fertilizers flowing in from local farms–an activity that has thus far gone unregulated. Their concerns over the fertilizers stem from the fact that high levels of nitrates can cause a health risk, particularly for infants younger than 6 months. Add to that the fact that filtering nitrates from the water cost Des Moines $900,000 in 2013 and you have a real problem for the city. Read the rest of Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: corn farms , des moines water works , farmers , fertilizer , iowa , legal , litgation , nitrate , Pollution , rivers , sue , water issues

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Amphibious Robot Salamander Could Aid Medical Reseach in Switzerland

March 19, 2013 by  
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Over the past few years, many scientists have looked to nature for inspiration and brought us robotic animals ranging from fish to cheetahs , fleas and even bees . The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ‘s latest development—an amphibious salamander-like robot named Salamandra robotica II —is poised to help researchers to gain greater understanding of how vertebrates move. Read the rest of Amphibious Robot Salamander Could Aid Medical Reseach in Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BIOSwimmer , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , robot animals , robot salamander , robotics , robots , Salamandra robotica II , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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Police Officers Keep Cool in the Heat With Air-Conditioned Bulletproof Vests

May 19, 2012 by  
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If you’ve ever seen police officers walking around in full gear during a heat wave, you’ve probably felt a little faint just looking at them.  Lucky for them, scientists from the  Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have devised a new  “smart” protective garment that cools down your body instead of keeping it heated up.  With a mini-fan and a cooling water system, police officers are way more likely to be able to stay cool under pressure.   Click ahead to check out this innovative new garment! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air conditioners , air conditioning , bulletproof vests , climate-controlled clothing , climate-controlled fashion , eco-fashion , EMPA , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , policemen , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology , Switzerland , wearable technology , Zurich

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