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Carbon Nanotube Based New Solar Thermal Fuel Formulated

Published by Crazy Engineers on Saturday 23 July 2011 by Kunal Mathur
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of technology have come up with yet another revolutionary discovery. The team of MIT scientists claims that it has devised a new type of solar thermal fuel. The thing that makes this fuel different and better is that it can store 10,000 times more energy than any other existing fuel or system. Once again, nanotechnology has found its application in this fuel in the form of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that have been altered a little by azobenzene. This new material can be used as a substitute for the lithium ion batteries since it possesses the same energy per unit volume. It can be charged by exposing it to the sun and can be used for a long period.


The solar thermal fuels capture the sun’s energy in the chemical bonds between the molecules. This energy can be stored indefinitely forever in the fuel. To better understand the charging and discharging phenomenon, consider this example. Suppose that a normal uncharged fuel molecule is in a ground state A initially. As this molecule absorbs the solar thermal energy, the molecule goes from state A to excited state B. This results in a minor change in the geometry of the molecular structure but no chemical reaction occurs. Such molecules are called “photo-switchable”.

As per the thermodynamics, …

Upcoming Eco Expo Asia

Published by Renewable Energy Magazine
on 11 October 2010
The latest innovations in renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural resource protection and eco-friendly products will share center stage at the Eco Expo Asia, 3-6 November, in Hong Kong.

The event, now in its second year, is organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., and is quickly becoming Asia’s leading environmental protection fair.

In 2009, the inaugural expo played host to over 200 exhibitors and was attended by visitors from over 100 countries.

“Eco Expo Asia brings …

Brunswick West eco-village hits mix between heritage and modern

By Andrew Rennie; Published in “Pakenham Cardinia Leader

BLENDING reclaimed building-materials with cutting-edge energy-saving design principles, WestWyck is a chic eco-village with a strong feeling of community that’s in keeping with the property’s 100-year history as the former Brunswick West primary school.

“We wanted to show how you can adapt a heritage building to a new use,” owner Mike Hill said.

Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, attracting interest from overseas researchers and picking up an interior architecture award from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2010.

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