Groundbreaking Technology Recycles Both Home Water and Energy Waste

The Nexus eWater Recycler captures most home wastewater and reuses it. Image courtesy of GranitArchitects

The Nexus eWater Recycler captures most home wastewater and reuses it. Image courtesy of GranitArchitects

The average family of four uses 400 gallons of water daily, approximately 70 percent of which is used indoors. About 95 percent of that clean, drinkable water goes down the drain. Over a quarter of it flushes toilets. Approximately 70 percent of home wastewater comes from washing machines, toilets and sinks.

Now, imagine the savings if we captured and reused 70 percent of that water!

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Dutch company develops a self-cleaning paint – a sustainable innovation

Painting house exterior

Homeowners know that the exterior paint job on their home will only last so long – about ten years or so. Then it’s time to do it all again!

But Dutch chemical and coatings company AkzoNobel has been working on the problem and they’ve come up with an innovative solution. One of the company’s product developers, Dr. Peter Greenwood, figured out that by adding colloidal silica to its paints, it would last up to 16 year – 25 percent longer than the standard product.

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The Exosuit – an exciting new tool for ocean exploration

Exosuit 1The ocean’s depths remain our “final frontier” to a large degree. Even with the development of submersibles and advanced technology, there’s a lot we still don’t know because we can’t get there to see what’s down there.

But a new aluminum alloy dive suit called the Exosuit may change all that.

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System now in place to recycle artificial turf

Artificial turf

Artificial turf, used instead of real grass for a growing number of playing fields, has at its end of life been sent to landfills.  The reason is that this kind of turf is comprised of a mixture of polyethylene, polypropylene and polyurethane, though some can use materials like nylon or polyester. While the plastic in turf field systems can usually be recycled on its own, it is difficult for recyclers separate the plastics from the sand and rubber infill.

But leave it to enterprising and creative thinkers to come up with a solution.

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Solar grows up to power elevators and air conditioners

The Mezolift solar elevator

The Mezolift solar elevator

The idea of using solar to power all kinds of devices isn’t a new one. But the opportunity to ride a solar-powered elevator or tie a solar air conditioner to your solar power system is now an exciting reality.

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Turning Trash Into Renewable Energy

Can we all agree that using more renewable energy and less oil would be a good thing? Great, and any objections to sending less trash to the landfill? Well Sierra Energy Corp., a recent winner at the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, has developed a system that can help us do both.

To learn more about Sierra Energy and this award-winning, high energy, low pollution producing gasification system, see http://bit.ly/Md5FKP.

Spray-on LED’s on wallpaper could be in our future

Walt Disney said : “if you can dream it, you can do it.”

Researcher and doctoral graduate Gul Armin wrote his thesis on how it’s possible to grow white LEDs, made from zinc oxide and a conducting polymer, directly on paper. He also shows how they can be printed onto wallpaper.

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