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The 2011 Solar Decathlon officially ended on October 2nd when director Richard King sent a warm thank you to everyone involved. But the Solar Decathlon happens every two years, and King ended his thank you like a starter cuing off a race. "I can't... Read More
How can we make flame retardants--normally environmentally unfriendly substances--into sustainable products? Researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell discuss their work for the U.S. Armed Forces.
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Engineers at the Pennsylvania State University have found crab-shell chitin effectively raises acidity (pH) levels and reduces harmful metals in mine water. These results may lead to the development of cost-effective treatment strategies to clean up... Read More
The George Washington University
Purdue University brought their green design, the INhome, to the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. They turn a typical midwestern home into an energy efficient and sustainable dwelling...but with a twist.
Americans use more than 400 billion gallons of water in a single day, that’s more than our total oil consumption in a year. We need to introduce new ideas and technological innovations to teach the next generation how to curb and better manage our... Read More
The George Washington University
Team New Jersey, a collaboration of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, built the ENJOY house. This house is the first entry to the competition built from concrete. Want to keep track of Team ThinkFWD? Team ThinkFWD is a... Read More
Purdue's Solar Decathlon house featured a innovative biowall--but how practical is this kind of feature? Anthony Cefali takes a look at the future of biological interiors.
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Keith Gubbins of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in collaboration with industrial partners, has discovered carbon materials that adsorb (hold on their surface) large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).Their experiments have... Read More
Planet Forward
THIS WEEK: In this week's webisode, Planet Forward's Frank Sesno interviews Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu at the 2011 Solar Decathlon! Chu talks about the coolest innovations, and even wonks out a bit on r-values and building materials. WATCH!
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Studies done by Mark Lusk and colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. Their latest work describes how the size of light-absorbing particles--quantum dots--affects the particles' ability... Read More

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