CUBED GOES GREEN...
Climate change looks likely to make the weather more difficult to predict but, with the rising interest in the environmental impact of human activity, what we can predict is that green technologies will become increasingly important. This month cubed goes green and takes a look at some innovative eco-friendly technologies that could help in the fight against climate change.
Motor racing isn’t a sport known for its green credentials but cubed discovers an environmentally friendly racing car that doesn’t compromise on performance. The Eco One car developed at the University of Warwick has a top speed of 140mph but if the science is right the car will eventually be 95 per cent biodegradable or recyclable!
The science behind the High Power laser Energy Research (HiPER) project aims to create clean energy by replicating the nuclear reactions in the Sun. Fuelled by seawater and powered by lasers, the process being developed by the scientists working on HiPER could eventually make enough energy from one cubic kilometre of seawater to equal the entire world's oil reserves!
For a greener world to take shape, the development of new green technologies must include those in developing countries. The final story in this month’s cubed explores the SCORE project (Stove for Cooking, Refrigeration and Electricity supply), a versatile eco-stove for rural communities in Africa and Asia that could reduce emissions of pollutants and improve community health at the same time. The powerful vision of the scientists working on the SCORE project raises hopes that green thinking and science may help to make life truly sustainable for everyone.
Visit the green edition of cubed to discover the racing car with an environmental conscience. Find out how laser power could generate clean energy. Or explore how an environmentally friendly stove could provide sustainable solutions in developing countries.
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More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.
Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.
"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...
The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.
Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...
The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...
Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.
Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...
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