The nanotechnology energy revolution

Nighttime energy usage in global cities (NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC – 2012) Nanotechnology is the ability to engineer and create useful materials at the nanoscale (100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair) to take advantage of enhanced properties not present in their bulk counterparts. It is a disruptive technology, a new technology that […]

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Water crisis: nano solutions

UCSB researcher with scanning-tunneling electron microscope. The risks to our global water supplies are many and complex. They include aquifer depletion from excessive withdrawal; increases in salinity from saltwater incursion, irrigation practices, fertilizer use, and road salting; pollution from industrial, agricultural, and human and animal waste; and drought exacerbated by climate change. As our usable […]

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For future cities, think small, as in nano

The “Energy-Efficient House of the Future,” designed by AECOM for the Government of the Chuvash Republic and RUSNANO Corporation. “Based on recent Department of Energy Annual Energy Outlook reports, residential and commercial buildings account for 36% of the total primary energy use in the United States and 30% of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.”[i]  Consequently, there is […]

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