Sunday, July 24, 2011
This article reveals new materials which hold promise of being good enough to store solar energy indefinitely, and rather than as heat (which has till now been the most efficient way of storing solar energy), they store it chemically. very exciting!
It's energy lying around for anyone to use, and this guy had long ago come up with a way to make a miniscule amount of energy from heat.
However, as usual with any technology that hasn't made it to the bigtime, its too expensive and produces too crappy an amount of anything.
However, thermoelectrics are making a comeback with polymers. That's plastics, which have the potential to convert heat differentials into electricity.
Friday, July 8, 2011
I’m not meaning to be nationalistic with this post, but since I am Swedish I also have a special eye for Swedish innovations. During last year at my home university I heard about a project called Down to Earth. The project aims for technology transfer from you know what!? Space!!
Sustainable and energy conservative solutions have been a necessity on space shuttles since before Neil Armstrong said “One small step for man...blah ”. So why not apply these solutions in our everyday life? I am really looking forward to see what comes out of this project. And just imagine what other sources of inspiration lies in wait for exploitation? Can we find it in a remote African tribe? In your grandparents kitchen? In a children’s story?
Who knows, it could very well be ... a big step for mankind!