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Houses designed around their occupants

Have you ever dreamt of living in a custom-designed home that adapts to your needs? Your dreams may come true thanks to the idea of the students at the University of Maryland, who have developed reACT, a modular building system,…

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New photovoltaic modules combine aesthetics with renewable energy

The need for a more sustainable built environment requires that new technological solutions that are cost-efficient, smart and integrated be devised. The was the idea behind Dutch Solar Design (DSD-PV), a new multi-purpose photovoltaic module, that is attractive, efficient and…

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The first Comuni Ciclabili 2017 awards to Bike-Friendly municipalities

The first “bandiere gialle della ciclabilità” (yellow bicycle-friendly flags) for Italian towns and cities who registered by 8 August this year for “Comuni Ciclabili” (Bike-friendly municipalities), the new campaign launched by FIAB – Italian Federation of Cyclists – which certifies…

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More economical hydrogen fuel cells thanks to tungsten

One of the reasons why hydrogen-powered vehicles have not been very successful is the prohibitive cost of the fuel cells, in terms of large-scale production. In fact, the best catalyst, that is the material used to facilitate and accelerate the…

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Biomimesis: photovoltaics imitates insect eyes

Human beings often take inspiration from Nature to find technological solutions in various fields, including solar energy, relying on biomimesis, that is design techniques that take their cue from natural models. At Stanford University, for example, a group of researchers…

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Renewables start to grow again in Italy

The figures for the first half of 2017 on the growth of renewable energy sources are very promising and will most likely make us forget 2016, when renewables growth slowed sharply compared to previous years. Saying so is the FER…

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New research into smart windows from Princeton

Over recent years, numerous universities and laboratories all over the world have been focussing their efforts on smart windows, with the aim of creating low-cost models that are able not only to produce energy, but also to automatically regulate transmission…

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Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day The Global Wind Day is celebrated worldwide on 15 June in order to promote wind energy as a clean and inexhaustible source. The Global Wind Day is organised by WindEurope (formerly EWEA - European Wind Energy Association)…

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Car sharing is changing Italian mobility

Italy, one of the European countries with the highest concentration of motor cars – as many as 62.4 per 100 inhabitants – is changing the way it moves. In recent years, in fact, albeit slowly, the mobility of the Italians…

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