Living solar panel wallpaper harvests energy thanks to photosynthesis

November 7, 2017 by  
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Researchers created an incredible  energy-harvesting wallpaper by inkjet-printing circuitry and cyanobacteria on paper. The cyanobacteria lived through the printing process, and then performed photosynthesis to harvest power. Imperial College London described the product as a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel , and said an iPad-sized piece of the wallpaper could energize a digital clock or LED light bulb. Imperial College London, University of Cambridge , and Central Saint Martins researchers worked together on the project. They utilized cyanobacteria as ink, printing the bacteria with an inkjet printer onto electrically conductive carbon nanotubes , which had also been inkjet-printed on the paper, according to Imperial College London . The cyanobacteria – still alive – performed photosynthesis, allowing the bio-solar panel to harvest electrical energy. Related: Brilliant conductive wallpaper shows the energy running through your walls The researchers think there could be several applications for their living wallpaper. Marin Sawa of Imperial College London said in a statement, “Imagine a paper-based, disposable environmental sensor disguised as wallpaper, which could monitor air quality in the home. When it has done its job it could be removed and left to biodegrade in the garden without any impact on the environment.” The research offers a development in microbial biophotovoltaics (BPV) technology , exploiting “the ability of cyanobacteria and other algae that use photosynthesis to convert light energy into an electrical current using water as the source of electrons,” according to Imperial College London. Cyanobacteria can not only generate electricity during the day, but at night as well, from molecules they produced in daylight. BPVs can be difficult to scale up – two obstacles being expense and lifespan – but the team’s use of an off-the-shelf inkjet printer could allow them to scale up the technology easily. Andrea Fantuzzi, also of Imperial College London, said paper-based BPVs wouldn’t be used to produce solar power on a large scale, “but instead could be used to construct power supplies that are both disposable and biodegradable. Their low power output means they are more suited to devices and applications that require a small and finite amount of energy, such as environmental sensing and biosensors .” The journal Nature Communications published the research online yesterday. Via Imperial College London Images courtesy of Imperial College London

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Delhi residents struggle to breathe as doctors declare air pollution health emergency

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Doctors in Delhi, India’s capital region, have declared a public health emergency over the densely populated, metropolitan area’s extremely high level of air pollution , the breathing of which has been described as the equivalent of smoking 50 cigarettes in a day. The Indian Medical Association has called for the capital city’s upcoming half-marathon to be cancelled to avoid “disastrous health consequences” and urges residents to remain inside to protect themselves from the pollution. Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, described the city as “a gas chamber,” according to the Guardian , while he and other officials work to determine an effective response to the crisis. As the region struggles to breath, state and federal government have been urged to take action to protect its citizens. In response to the public health emergency, schools have been closed while transportation routes have suffered delays under the decreased visibility. While the smog contains a number of noxious chemicals, the most destructive are concentrations of fine pollutants smaller than 2.5 micro-meters, which are so tiny that they are able to slip through natural filters in the human body. These fine pollutants, which include lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury, have reached concentrations in the air eleven times the level defined as safe by the World Health Organization. “It has terrible effects on every part of your body,” said Dr. Arvind Kumar, chest surgery chairman at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi, according to the Guardian . “It can precipitate an acute asthma attack and in the long run it will increase their risk of lung cancer .” Related: India to only sell electric cars by 2030 Delhi’s air is polluted for much of the year due to open burning of trash, road dust, exhaust from vehicles, and byproducts of industrial activity. However, it becomes even more unbearable in winter when seasonal changes trap the pollution closer to the ground. Attempts to improve Delhi’s air quality have included traffic rationing, shuttering of local coal power plants , and even banning fireworks during Diwali. Unfortunately, to truly tackle this urgent problem, local, state, and federal governments will need to examine the complex systems that result in an outpouring of pollution and craft comprehensive policies to discourage unhealthy practices and encourage healthy ones. Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Davide Rampello’s Milan Expo Pavilion Zero wins 2015 Wallpaper Design Award

April 3, 2015 by  
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The “Nature Trail” Is an LED Wallpaper Designed to Calm Children On Their Way to Surgery

January 3, 2013 by  
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No adult enjoys a visit to the hospital, so imagine the fear that must grip a child when they need to go into surgery. To help calm children on their way into the operating room,  Jason Bruges Studio  created an interactive LED wall installation that works to both distract and delight young patients. The installation, dubbed “ Nature Trail “, features glowing images of animals that are triggered by motion and move to follow children as they walk down the halls of the hospital to the OR. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: child patients , forest , great ormond hospital , jaosn bruges studio , LED , nature trail , wallpaper

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Aberrant Architecture’s Adaptable Desks Transform Into Entertaining Game Tables at Night

May 31, 2012 by  
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With so many freelancers looking for spots in cafes and bars to set up temporary offices, Aberrant Architecture came up with this idea of creating work desks that can double-up as game tables post “office hours”. Designed with London pubs in mind, by day the tables are elegant bureau-style desks, and by night a drawer containing a pub game transforms their unadorned surfaces into spaces ready for some fun-filled socializing and play. Read the rest of Aberrant Architecture’s Adaptable Desks Transform Into Entertaining Game Tables at Night Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Aberrant Architecture , benchmark , desks games tables , london pubs , purpose built tables , social design , sustainable design , wallpaper

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Your Wall Becomes Storage With Pocket Wall

March 16, 2010 by  
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PSFK shows us Pocket Wall, a storage system from Polish Designer Maja Ganszyniec . She describes it: Look at the house as if it were a package: the room is like a package and the wallpaper is like wrapping paper

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Lomox Getting Closer to Bringing Us Glowing Wallpaper

December 30, 2009 by  
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Digital wallpaper like this is only the beginning… Photo via R??S Imagine: Wallpaper that glows, lighting up a room evenly, with sunlight-like coloring, and consuming a fraction of the energy of an overhead lamp. Thanks to an enormous grant, one company is working out how to make our wallpaper into a light source, using super low-power OLED lighting technology…

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Tutorial: Small-Space Vintage Wallpaper Collage

November 14, 2009 by  
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At an Upcycle Exchange event a couple of months ago, I scored the awesomest vintage wallpaper swatchbook ever.

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