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Researchers develop a new system that can lower room temperature in buildings

A team of researchers from Institut Teknologi Maju (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has succeeded in inventing a new system, known as Nanotechnology for Encapsulation of Phase Change Material (NPCM) that can bring down room temperature in buildings, thus minimising the use of air-conditioning or heating systems, and saving electricity bill. 8 more words

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Fuel made from recycled plastic could power ship engines

New research will test whether Plaxx, a fuel made from mixed plastic waste, can be used as an alternative to crude derived fuels in industrial and marine engines. 8 more words

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Smart bricks will transform how buildings work

Smart bricks capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity from sunlight are being developed by a team of scientists from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). 32 more words

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Watering solar cells makes them grow... in power

Perovskite solar cells are the rising star in the photovoltaic landscape. Since their invention, less than ten years ago, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% – an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. 34 more words

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How atmostpheric dust affects photovoltaic output

A hazy sky and dirty cars are well-known consequences of Saharan dust carried to Europe by air currents. As part of the “PerduS” project, the German Weather Service (DWD), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and meteocontrol are currently examining how dust – as haze in the atmosphere and deposited on solar panels – affects the output of photovoltaic systems. 32 more words

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Silicon-air battery achieves running time of over 1,000 hours for the first time

Silicon-air batteries are viewed as a promising and cost-effective alternative to current energy storage technology. However, they have thus far only achieved relatively short running times. 15 more words

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New and improved IdleBox tool to aid in reduction of auto idling

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory, with the support of the DOE Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at promoting idling reduction across the country. 23 more words

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