A House Built of Straw

This summer, University of Bath, UK researchers are constructing a “BaleHaus” made of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels on campus. Straw is a truly environmentally-friendly building material, being both renewable and a by-product of farming.

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Students Design World's First Solar-Powered Blimp

Over 30 French college students have collaborated to design the world’s first solar-powered blimp, Nephelios. One hundred years after the first flight across the English Channel by Louis Blériot, Nephelios will undertake an English Channel crossing in late August.

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Algae Biofuel Monitor

BaySpec, Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduces a Raman-specific 1064nm spectrometer designed for measuring microalgae, a promising future source of biofuels. Using the NunavutTM spectrometer, researchers were able to overcome issues with fluorescence seen at lower wavelengths.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, Products, GDM

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Energy-Saving LED Luminaire

Operating on just 150 watts, the powder-coated aluminum SafeSite® LED High Bay luminaire is designed to perform for over 10 years in demanding applications - three times as long as traditional HID fixtures, and nearly twice as long as fluorescent solutions.

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Global Ocean Surface Temperature Warmest on Record for June

The world’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for June - breaking the previous high mark set in 2005 - according to the NOAA. Additionally, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for June was second-warmest on record (global records began in 1880).

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

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Concentrating Solar Power Funding Opportunity

DOE is offering $52.5 million for research, development, and demonstration of concentrating solar power (CSP) systems that provide low-cost electrical power both day and night. CSP technologies concentrate the sun's energy and capture that energy as heat, which then drives an engine or turbine to produce electrical power.

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Turning Trees into Tires

Wood science researchers at Oregon State University have made some surprising findings about the potential of microcrystalline cellulose – a product that can be made easily from almost any type of plant fiber – to partially replace silica as a reinforcing filler in the manufacture of rubber tires.

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