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17 Sep 2015

Latest tech news from across the web

  Using drones to monitor infrastructure damage Researchers at the University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, and BAE Systems are fitting drones with remote sensing systems and cameras to map damage to transportation infrastructure. Pens filled with high-tech inks...
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17 Sep 2015

Smart façades to save energy

Many glass-fronted office buildings are very energy intensive, requiring extensive heating in winter and cooling in summer to ensure comfortable temperatures for the building’s occupants. In response to this challenge researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and...
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17 Sep 2015

Green roads made of Algae

In a bid to become less reliant on petroleum-based products, a consortium of French researchers have developed a proof of concept for bio-asphalt from algae.  The project, funded by the Region Pays de la Loire, brought together a multidisciplinary team from the Universities of...
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17 Sep 2015

Cigarette butts: the future of energy storage

Alongside chewing gum, used cigarette butts are the scourge of pavements everywhere. Globally over 4 billion are thrown away each year, but researchers in Korea have found a surprising application for this seemingly unusable material. They have turned used cigarette filters into...
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17 Sep 2015

Energy-generating rubber

  Japanese technology company Ricoh in collaboration with the Tokyo University of Science have developed a breakthrough material in the field of piezoelectrics. Piezoelectric materials generate electricity from mechanical strain such as vibrations.  Good examples in the...
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17 Sep 2015

Innovation matchmaking for commercial retrofit

  The UK Green Building Council is looking for suppliers of innovative technologies for the commercial retrofit sector.  In the first in a series of matchmaking events, innovators will have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to clients and specifiers who are looking...
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17 Sep 2015

Solving our sustainability challenge through innovation

Almost every large corporate and corporate estate that exists today pre-dates the age of sustainability. Modern-day giants, like Google for example, were born into new ways of thinking and new ways of working. But if your history goes back many years you are now faced with the...
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17 Sep 2015

Zero Energy Furniture

French designers are using phase change materials to create energy saving furniture. We’ve been looking at integrating phase change materials into buildings for some time, however theZeroEnergyFurniture   programme has been looking at how to deliver energy savings at furniture...
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17 Sep 2015

Science and technology roundup from around the web

Dutch SolaRoad performs better than anticipated 6 months into its pilot phase the SolaRoad, consisting of 70 metres of photovoltaic cycle path has generated over 3,000 kWh. New understanding of granular dynamics helps build stronger foundations Chinese and German researchers...
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17 Sep 2015

Tune your windows to suit your mood

Switchable smart glass has been around for a while, however the University of Cincinnati, in partnership with Hewlett Packard and Merck Research Labs have developed tuneable window technology. The patent-pending technology enables occupants to change the brightness, colour and...
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