Ionova Technologies, Inc. reports that its zinc-ion-based ZIP-Cap asymmetric ultracapacitor is expected to provide a huge improvement in ultracapacitor design.  Tracking into the two notorious problems of cost and density Ionova has announced a 25-fold improvement in build costs and a 5-fold improvement in energy density.  These are major improvements, especially for consumers building power [...]

A Stanford team has designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining.  The team’s new structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space. The paper describing the device was published March 5th [...]

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UG) have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into useful industrial products.  It’s a development sure to excite the global warming crowd.  The dubious idea of excess carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is said to be [...]

Rice University’s lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan has made hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide (VO2) and graphene thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper that built into half-cells fully charged and discharged in 20 seconds and retained more than 90 percent of their initial capacity after more than 1,000 cycles. This qualifies [...]

Fruit Trees For Fuel

March 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Fast growing trees, especially the poplars are being studied as they produce a large body of biomass per area.  Poplars and willows are leading candidates as biofuel crops that are expected to produce cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels when the sugars can be efficiently extracted. We non-tree experts are going to be surprised [...]

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