A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society by chemists from the University of Liverpool. The material, a relative of the plastics used in food containers could be integrated into power plant smokestacks in the future. The report on the material is [...]

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., absorbed a cold winter and produced a positive energy balance when it closed its one-year anniversary on July 1st. The surplus energy is said to about equal to powering an electric car rated at 2.94 miles per [...]

A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory team found commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57% with advanced energy-efficiency controls. The team built the results with a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. The real world study demonstrated higher energy [...]

There is a fuel mileage revolution under way in over the road trucking.  Aerodynamic drag accounts for approximately 65% of the fuel consumed by semi tractor trailer rigs. There are four major areas of aerodynamic drag on a tractor-trailer, at the front of the tractor 25%, at the rear of the trailer 25%, at the [...]

The Esser-Kahn group from the University of California, Irvine led by Aaron P. Esser-Kahn, Ph.D. envisions using the amazingly efficient lungs of birds and the swim bladders of fish as inspiration for a new filtering system to remove carbon dioxide from electric power station smokestacks. The effort to capture CO2 comes from the major concern [...]

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