Environment

2010 Create the Future Design Contest Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

Sustainable, Durable Bridges of the Future

Ibrahim Al-Khattat
Talacre, Wales, United Kingdom

Alight, pre-stressed, segmented-arch (LPSA) bridge-building system uses a kit of compact parts that can be manufactured and transported, resulting in cost, energy, and capital investment savings. In addition to providing an alternative to heavier energy-consuming bridge materials like concrete and steel, the framework’s design flexibility helps to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes.

Posted in: Articles, Green Design & Manufacturing, Sustainable development, Roads and highways, Construction vehicles and equipment
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Nickel-Zinc Battery System Technology

Société de Conseil et de Prospective Scientifique (SCPS), located in Rosny-sous-Bois, France, developed a technology that allows the nickel-zinc battery system to work as close as possible to its theoretical performance, with a long cycle life.

Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, TSP, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Battery cell chemistry, Nickel-metal hydride batteries, Battery cell chemistry, Nickel-metal hydride batteries, Nickel, Zinc alloys
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High-Quality Photos of National Ignition Facility Testing

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) of Livermore, CA is home to the world's largest and highest-energy laser. On September 29th, the NIF completed its first integrated ignition experiment, where it focused its 192 lasers on a BB-sized capsule containing hydrogen fuel - firing it with 1 megajoule of laser energy.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Storage, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases
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From Aircraft Wings to Wind Turbine Blades: NASA Software Comes Back to Earth with Green Energy Applications

You might think a wind turbine would have more in common with a plane’s propeller than an aircraft wing, but wind blades actually behave a lot more like wings than props. This fact has enabled a valuable spinoff from aerospace to wind energy involving the first software that NASA ever allowed to be commercialized as part of the Agency’s ongoing effort to transfer technology to U.S. business and industry.

Posted in: Articles, Green Design & Manufacturing, Software, Wings, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Wind power
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Stainless Steel Strip for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Sandvik (Benton Harbor, MI) has introduced Sandvik Sanergy HTTM, an advanced stainless steel strip developed for interconnectors in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The strip has excellent high temperature corrosion resistance and very good high temperature strength in the range normally used in SOFCs.

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Synthetic Fuel Research Underway

Purdue University researchers have developed a facility aimed at learning precisely how coal and biomass are broken down in reactors called gasifiers as part of a project to strengthen the scientific foundations of the synthetic fuel economy.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Transportation
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Using Computational Modeling to Produce Biodiesel from E. coli

Desmond Lun, an associate professor of computer science at Rutgers University–Camden, is researching how to alter the genetic makeup of E. coli to produce biodiesel fuel derived from fatty acids.

Posted in: GDM, News, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Energy, Renewable Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing
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New Geoengineering Approaches Offset Global Warming More Efficiently

Releasing engineered nano-sized disks or sulphuric acid, a condensable vapour, above the Earth are two novel approaches that offer advantages over simply putting sulphur dioxide gas into the atmosphere, says Dr. David Keith, a University of Calgary climate scientist.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Remediation Technologies
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New, Inexpensive Catalyst Boosts Oxygen Production for Home Energy Systems

The era of personalized energy systems — in which individual homes and small businesses produce their own energy for heating, cooling, and powering cars — took another step toward forward as MIT scientists have discovered a powerful new catalyst that is a key element in such a system.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation
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Microwave Plasma Hydrogen Recovery System

A microwave plasma reactor was developed for the recovery of hydrogen contained within waste methane produced by Carbon Dioxide Reduction Assembly (CRA), which reclaims oxygen from carbon dioxide. NASA can incorporate the innovation into flight hardware systems for deployment in support of future long-duration exploration objectives.
Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy consumption, Methane, Oxygen equipment, Thermodynamics, Oxygen equipment, Thermodynamics
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