Plant Dye Purpurin Creates Eco-Friendly Battery

Plant Dye Purpurin Creates Eco-Friendly Battery

Purpurin (1,2,4-Trihydroxyanthraquinon), a nontoxic dye used to color fabric in vivid oranges, reds, and pinks, could also be used to create eco-friendly, sustainable, lithium-ion batteries.

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Princeton’s Nanomesh Triples Solar Cell Efficiency

Princeton’s Nanomesh Triples Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at Princeton University have used nanotechnology to develop a nanotechnological mesh that increases efficiency over organic solar cells nearly threefold.

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Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient

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GE’s latest wind technology development is fabric-covered wind turbine blades, which are supposed to even more efficient that the fiberglass that is used now.

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Ethanol Production Stalls in Brazil

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Brazil experienced a biofuel boom in March 2007, topping out at second in world output behind the USA. The fermentation of sugars produced motor fuel that lowered carbon dioxide emissions, and Brazil became a model for how it was possible to stop relying on fossil fuels.

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First All Carbon Solar Cell Made from Nanotubes and Buckyballs

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Scientists at Stanford University have put together the first solar cell that’s entirely made up of carbon, which is a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic cells today.

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London Array is the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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The London Array is the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and it’s currently under construction in the outer Thames Estuary in the UK. The goal of this platform is to create a 1,000 megawatt capacity.

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Spherical Glass Amplifies Solar Energy Collection

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Solar energy collection has had some vast improvements over the last few years; however these new prototypes from German-born, Barcelona-based architect André Broessel are quite striking since his concept uses a spherical glass to amplify the sun’s rays for electricity generation. Traditionally, solar energy collection becomes effective on vast scales, especially in solar farms, where panels orient themselves optimally to gather the most light possible.

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