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New photocatalytic compounds

The term "photocatalysis" refers to a phenomenon by which a substance alters the speed of a chemical reaction. This substance, called "photocatalyst", is activated on simple exposure to light, whether natural or artificial. The most common example of a photocatalytic…

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Hi-tech energy-storing flowers

In the history of man, nature has always constituted an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the creation of technological systems. And it is precisely by imitating the perfection of a flower that researchers at the North Carolina State University have…

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Why is there oil in Val d’Agri?

About 250 million years ago, Val d’Agri was characterised by a tropical climate and temperatures never fell below 15 degrees centigrade: the climate could therefore be compared to that of the current Bahamas. The Valley was replaced by a huge…

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Hywind, floating wind power turbines

The future of wind power turbines is afloat. In fact the first floating wind power farm will be set up in Scotland. The sites that are suited for installation of the power plant have been located off the shores of…

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Italian offshore wind farm

The first Italian wind farm will be installed in the waters of the Strait of Otranto, 20 km from Tricase (Lecce) and the environmental impact is considered negligible due to its significant distance from the coast. Furthermore, since it consists…

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Some curiosities about methane hydrates

Not only energy The melting of the ice cells, not only brings about the release of methane gas, but it also produces another important substance: fresh water. Hence, methane hydrates are also a reserve of fresh water that could be…

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Porto Marghera Hydrogen Park

In Porto Marghera (Venice), the Hydrogen Park was created. It is the biggest centre in the world for hydrogen production, exploitation and study. The objective is to exploit the potentials of such an industrial and energetic area in order to…

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A hydrogen house

In Settimo, a municipality close to Turin, the first Unité d’Abitation has been created. This building works with a hydrogen system. It is four-storey building that will be occupied by offices (it is the seat of Asm utility company), in…

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An artificial geyser

Electric and thermal power produced from geothermal energy depend on the existence of underground infiltrations. However, there are some technologies for geothermal exploitation in the absence of natural aquifers. The main idea is to exploit the heat of the rocks…

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