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Articles tagged with: eco-friendly

Transparent Lithium-Ion Battery For Your New Laptop?

A pair of Stanford graduate students, Yi Cui and Yuan Yang research materials science on a regular basis, and have discovered something rather interesting, that is, they developed a transparent packaging for the battery.

How they did this was quite interesting, they reduced the size of the battery electrodes so small that they were invisible to the human eye.

Furthermore, the duo chose to use a structure of meshed electrodes, rather than using thin films. For flexibility, the researchers turned to a clear substance that is often used for contact lenses.

Dow Chemical Converts Sugar Into Cheap Plastic

For all of those who are concerned with global warming and renewable energy, it looks like we can now make cheap plastic from sugar cane. But at what cost? Well, surprisingly, it wouldn’t cost more than what we currently pay for petrochemical production.

Dow Chemical claims to be working on the world’s largest facility to make polymers from plants. The project will use 240 million liters of ethanol plant and the company will convert that product into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene- the most commonly used plastic around the world.

The Futuristic PlayStation 4!

Sony Playstation 4 will be striking markets by the end of this year. Foxconn and Pegatron would be leading the assembly. Sony’s looking into the next generation hardware designs; the upcoming product would look ultramodern.

The hottest hackers’ attacks on Sony Playstation Network to hack and devastate their online gaming structure certainly will help Sony to fix the cracks in their new system.

MIT Prints Durable Solar Cells On Paper

Okay, so it might sound a bit counter intuitive to print solar cells on paper. After all, isn’t the whole purpose of solar technology so we can print less paper and save more trees from being destroyed?

Well maybe so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find other applications for solar celled paper. MIT has been working on this project since last year, and the findings are quite incredible. The paper itself is an ordinary sheet of paper with a fine layer of colored rectangles, that, when connected to a few designated wires, generates solar electricity.

White House Seeks To Increase Auto Industry Avg To 56MPG

The White House unveiled an ambitious proposal to update the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. The new plan would require auto manufacturers to bump the average fuel economy from 34mpg by 2016 and 56.2mpg by 2025.

The new MPG requirement will apply to cars, trucks, and SUVs and represents about a 5% per year of fuel efficiency. Although the new requirement will no doubt be expensive, it will also save the United States 4.7 billion barrels of oil and $705 billion US by year 2030.

Taiwan’s E-paper And What This Means For The Future

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute has developed e-paper technology which it expects to be used for digital signage. ITRI demonstrated prototypes of the e-paper (not pictured) that it hopes will be commercialized within the next two years.

The e-paper can print red, green, and blue in different parts of the paper and utilizes a roll-to-roll printing process that is currently used in newspaper presses. One example the ITRI demonstrated was an e-paper clock that refreshes electronically with each second. The research institute also noted other uses, such as e-wallpaper and e-tickets, which could be recycled and reprinted for hundred of events.

Ricoh Introduces Company-Focused Tablet: eQuill

Ricoh announced yesterday a new tablet that can serve as an eReader, and/or a digital clipboard for enterprises to electronically, write, capture, and record documents. The eQuill ships with a 9.7″ grayscale e-paper display and weighs just over a pound. Ricoh sought to cut enterprise costs related to copying and scanning, when designing this device.

Companies looking to lower their carbon footprint, will find this device useful in helping the “green effort.” The device features a camera, voice recorder, and can receive input through a stylus or soft keyboard.

Alaska Airlines Instruction Manuals Replaced W/ iPads

Alaska Airlines is the first domestic airline to replace pilots’ heavy bags of printed flight reference materials with electronic copies via the iPad device. Alaska Airlines has just finished Winter and Spring trials of the iPad replacement program 100 of its instructor pilots.

The airline ipads will contain a specialized application called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other materials.

The electronic manuals have hyperlinks and color graphics allowing pilots to find information faster and easier.

Chinese Bus Stops Get Solar Power!

Japan is looking to pass a ruling that will have solar panels on all new buildings and houses by 2030. A recent report showed that 14 bus stops in China had solar panels installed on them. Each bus stop will feature five solar panels, with the power of delivering 800 watts of electricity on a sunny day.

I am not well-versed in solar technology but hope that solar panels can be safely disposed of without harming the environment.

261MPG Volkswagen, Costs $10 For Full Tank

Volkswagen has just announced its most fuel-efficient car, the XL1, a truly inspirational prototype. The car is powered by an 800CC turbodiesel engine and a small electric motor. The two seater holds 2.5 gallons of gas, so at $4 a gallon, will only cost $10 full a full tank. Since each gallon of gas brings 261 miles of driving, $10 buys you 650 miles on the road. Just to be clear, that’s like driving from San Francisco, California to Mexico on a single tank, for a single $10 bill. Truly impressive.