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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…

energy

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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Artificial photosynthesis to clean the air

The news comes from the University of California: Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his team of students has found a way to trigger a chemical process similar to photosynthesis in a synthetic material (metal-organic frameworks, MOF), which converts carbon dioxide into…

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Recycling lubricating oils: the Italian record

Italy is at the top of a very virtuous European ranking: that of the collection and recycling of used lubricating oils. In the Bel Paese, in fact, more than 95% of used oil from cars and industry are sent to…

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