Environment

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, News, News, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Remediation Technologies

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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: News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Government Initiatives, Alternative Fuels

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Fuel-Cell Water Separator

NASA Glenn Research Center has designed, built, and tested an innovative fuel-cell water separator that not only removes liquid water from a fuel cell’s exhaust ports, but does so with no moving parts or other power-consuming components. The separator employs the potential and kinetic energies already present in the moving exhaust flow.

Posted in: Briefs, Briefs, TSP, Energy Efficiency, Alternative Fuels

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Fuel-Cell-Powered Vehicle With Hybrid Power Management

NASA Glenn Research Center has developed a hybrid electric utility vehicle that is powered by hydrogen-burning PEM fuel cells operating with a metal hydride hydrogen-storage unit. This vehicle utilizes ultracapacitors - rather than batteries - for storing electric energy.

Posted in: Briefs, Briefs, TSP, Energy Storage, Alternative Fuels

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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: News, News, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Alternative Fuels

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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: News, News, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Wind Power, Greenhouse Gases

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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, News, News, Environmental Monitoring

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