Green Design

Hydrogen Storage Competition

DOE has launched the H-Prize competition, offering a $1 million award to an individual or team that creates the most advanced materials for hydrogen storage in vehicles.

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

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Tree Totally Powers Custom Circuit

Last year, MIT researchers found that plants generate a voltage of up to 200 millivolts when one electrode is placed in a plant and the other in the surrounding soil. A University of Washington team followed up on this research, and has run a custom circuit entirely off tree power.

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

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Using Volcanic Ash To Remove Dissolved Uranium and Lead

By exposing an aqueous solution to a treatment medium that includes weathered volcanic ash from Pu’u Nene - a cinder cone on the Island of Hawaii - uranium, lead, and possibly other toxic or radioactive substances can be removed.

Posted in: Pollution, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Briefs, GDM

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"Chemical Fuel Tank" Gives Hydrogen Storage New Hope

Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Alabama researchers have come up with a new method for recycling hydrogen-containing fuel materials, which could open the door to economically viable hydrogen-based vehicles. The researchers worked within DOE’s Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence.

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

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Using Algae to Safeguard Water Supplies

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have refined a method for detecting contaminants in municipal water supplies. Their work shows that the technology, which uses algae, has broader applications than expected.

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

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NIST Gets the Dirt on Soil

NIST has issued three new certified reference materials for soil. Intended for use as controls in testing laboratories, the new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) will aid in determining soil quality, detecting soil contamination, and monitoring cleanup efforts from accidental spills or atmospheric deposition.

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

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Fuel Cell/Battery-Powered UAV Takes Flight

EnergyOr Technologies Inc., of Montreal, Canada, has designed, constructed, and tested an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform to demonstrate its fuel cell hybrid technology. EnergyOr's system will achieve 8 hours flight endurance in the near future.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation, News, Products, GDM

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