Green Design

External Electric Fields and Hydrogen Storage

It has been difficult to find materials that can efficiently and safely store and release hydrogen with fast kinetics under ambient temperature and pressure, but an international research team has developed a process using an electric field.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, News, GDM

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Computer Model Simulates the Impact of White Roofs

The first computer modeling study to simulate the impact of white roofs on urban areas worldwide - led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO - suggests there may be merit to the idea of turning roofs white.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Climate, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Engineers Concerned About Algae-Based Biofuel

DOE recently announced that it is awarding $78 million in stimulus money for research and development of algae-based biofuel. Yet researchers from the University of Virginia have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome, and propose using wastewater as a solution to some of these challenges.

Posted in: Pollution, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Energy, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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Study on Superconducting Hydrogen Offers Promise in Field

Researchers from Carnegie Institute for Science have modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state — a big boost in the understanding of how the material could be harnessed.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, News, GDM

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Wildfire Detection and Monitoring System

A low-cost wildfire detection and monitoring system using mobile communications technology is being developed by researchers at University of Adelaide's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Posted in: Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Paper Strips Detect Toxin in Water

Engineers at the University of Michigan led the development of a new biosensor - a strip of paper infused with carbon nanotubes - that can quickly and inexpensively detect a toxin produced by algae in drinking water.

Posted in: Pollution, Environmental Monitoring, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Fine-Water-Mist Multiple-Orientation-Discharge Fire Extinguisher

A fine-water-mist fire-suppression device developed at John H. Glenn Research Center can be discharged uniformly in any orientation via a high-pressure gas propellant. Research in recent years has shown that fine water mist can be an effective alternative to ozone-destructive Halons.

Posted in: Pollution, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Briefs, GDM

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