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, News, News, Environmental Monitoring, Remediation Technologies


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


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


Development of a Centrifugal Hydrogen Pipeline Gas Compressor

DOE has prepared a Multi-Year Research, Development, and Demonstration Plan to provide hydrogen as a viable fuel for transportation after 2020, and commissioned Concepts NREC (CN) with the project of developing a centrifugal hydrogen pipeline gas compressor. Phase I of this project has been completed and is described in this article.

Posted in: Features, Articles, Energy Efficiency, Government Initiatives, Alternative Fuels


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


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


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, Briefs, Briefs, Greenhouse Gases


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