Green Design

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.

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

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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

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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

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Bacteria Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which has great potential as a gasoline alternative. The reaction is powered directly by energy from sunlight, through photosynthesis.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Recycling Technologies, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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User-Friendly Forest-Monitoring Technology

Forest-monitoring technology developed by scientists at Carnegie Institute’s Department of Global Ecology combines free satellite imagery and powerful analytical methods into an easy-to-use, desktop software package called CLASlite. The team announced its new web site for CLASlite users today, at the Copenhagen climate meetings.

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

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First Night Flight Using Solar Energy On the Horizon

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA - the first airplane designed to fly day and night without fuel - left the ground yesterday for the first time. Recent results from ground tests had verified the prototype's controllability, acceleration, braking paths, and engine power.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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A Designer's Carbon Calculator

Rocky Mountain Institute has released Green Footstep - a free online tool for architects, engineers, and developers, which reveals design targets to achieve carbon neutrality in building construction and retrofit projects.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Climate, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Products, News, GDM

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