Desalinating Water Using Solar Pond and Membrane Distillation System

Ecosystems of terminus lakes around the world could benefit from a system being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno that desalinates water using a specialized low-cost solar pond and patented membrane distillation system powered by renewable energy.

Posted in: Pollution, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM


Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, Transportation, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM


Oil Refineries Could Improve Energy Efficiency With New Method

Chemical plants spend from 50 to 70 percent of their energy in "separations," which are usually distillation steps required to separate a raw material into various products. An energy-efficient Purdue University method rearranges the distillation sequence needed to separate crude petroleum into products.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM


Engineered Tobacco Plants Up Biofuel Potential

Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have found a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel.

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Microphotovoltaic Cells Open New Doors

Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that are expected to be less expensive and have greater efficiencies than current photovoltaic collectors pieced together with 6-inch-square solar wafers.

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Recovering Raw Materials for Green Technologies

Engineering researchers from the University of Leeds have discovered how to recover significant quantities of rare-earth oxides, present in titanium dioxide minerals. Rare-earth oxides are useful in many applications, such as the manufacture of wind turbines, energy-efficient lighting, and hybrid and electric cars.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Lighting, Transportation, News, GDM


A Backyard Science Approach to Environmental Monitoring

Jessica Lundquist - a University of Washington assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering - uses dime-sized temperature sensors, which were first developed for the refrigerated food industry, and tennis balls to study mountain precipitation.

Posted in: Climate, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM