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Powering the Future through Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells?

Powering the Future through Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells?

Researchers from the Colorado School of Mines have discovered that protonic ceramic fuel cells exhibit long-term durability and fuel flexibility needed for a viable alternative fuel source. The study involved testing eleven different types of fuels: Hydrogen Methane Domestic natural gas with hydrogen sulfide Domestic natural gas without hydrogen sulfide Propane N-butane I-butane Iso-octane Methanol… Continue Reading

Scientists Develop Plastic-Eating Enzyme

Scientists Develop Plastic-Eating Enzyme

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed an enzyme by sheer accident while examining the structure of a natural enzyme found in a waste recycling center in Japan. The enzyme, Ideonella Sakaiensis 201-F6, degrades polyethylene terephthalate, a substance that was patented as a plastic in… Continue Reading

Five Seasons Ventures Invests in European Food and AgriTech

Five Seasons Ventures Invests in European Food and AgriTech

France-based venture capital firm Five Seasons Ventures recently set out to raise funds to invest in European Food and AgriTech. The funds will be utilized to provide early-stage firms with the backing they need to create innovative solutions to overcome challenges. The efforts paid off with a total of $60 million being raised. According to… Continue Reading

Scientists Create Remarkable Graphene Filter

Scientists Create Remarkable Graphene Filter

A team of Australian scientists recently demonstrated a graphene filter capable of purifying water from anywhere, including Sydney Harbour. The water filtration system was developed using a material called “Graphair.” Graphene is normally created through an energy-intensive process involving chemical vapor deposition onto metal substrates. Graphair, however, is made from soybean oil, which is both… Continue Reading

Ontario Faces Uncertain Future with Carbon Tax

Ontario Faces Uncertain Future with Carbon Tax

  Ontario’s carbon pricing system, which went into effect last year, was designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. Any company exceeding those limits must purchase allowances, either during quarterly auctions or from other companies which are well under their limits. The… Continue Reading

China Opens Solar Highway, Closes in Under a Week

China Opens Solar Highway, Closes in Under a Week

  China recently built a solar highway in the city of Jinan. The Jinan South Ring Expressway, developed by the Qilu Transportation Development Group, is comprised of three layers: insulation, photovoltaic panels, and translucent concrete. “The top layer has good flexibility, which can both withstand the pressure of large vehicles and protect the fragile amorphous… Continue Reading

Shed a tear for science? University researchers in Ireland harvest electricity from tears

Shed a tear for science? University researchers in Ireland harvest electricity from tears

University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute in Ireland was recently home to a startling discovery when researchers discovered that lysozyme crystals found in tears yield an electric current when pressurized, a quality termed piezoelectricity. Findings were published in an October 2nd report in the journal, Applied Physics Letters. According to Aimee Stapleton, Bernal Institute physicist and… Continue Reading

WindTwin digital platform increases efficiency on wind farms and tests maintenance upgrades

WindTwin digital platform increases efficiency on wind farms and tests maintenance upgrades

​Engineers at Brunel Innovation Centre are developing a digital platform that increases efficiency for a fraction of the cost. The virtual mission platform, WindTwin, operates as a control panel, giving live condition checks on wind farms. Data fed from sound sensors will predict upcoming repair needs, allowing maintenance to be conducted before damage is done.… Continue Reading

Solar Challenge 3,000 kilometer “race” tests solar capabilities and technologies

Solar Challenge 3,000 kilometer “race” tests solar capabilities and technologies

​The future of automotive technology is vastly changing. As Toyota makes waves with its Concept-i series and its new tech company, other companies and innovators are following suit and making their own mark on the world. ​The annual World Solar Challenge, which began in 1987, has seen fierce competition. This year, a Dutch family car… Continue Reading

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