Innovation

10 August 2018

Organic solar cells achieve commercial output

Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way […]

8 August 2018

Transforming parking garages into the housing of tomorrow

In the United States alone, there are more than 500 million parking spots for 326 million citizens, covering approximately 2,500 square miles of land. But the days of the underground carpark maybe numbered as driving habits change and architects are already planning ahead so they can be converted into homes. In the last few years, practices […]

3 August 2018

Global boom in off-grid renewables

Off-grid renewable energy has witnessed spectacular growth over the last decade. Since 2008 capacity has trebled and the number of people in rural communities served by the technology has witnessed six-fold growth. Today, up to 133 million people are receiving life-changing access to low-cost, secure renewable energy and benefit from the socioeconomic impact access delivers. […]

1 August 2018

Construction to start on innovative carbon capture pilot for the cement and lime sector

The EU-supported LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) project has progressed to the construction phase with the delivery of the pilot’s shell furnace. The project is developing a breakthrough technology that has the potential to enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their emissions dramatically while retaining, or even increasing international competitiveness. […]

25 July 2018

Infrastructure: Heathrow airport expansion to pioneer offsite pre-assembly of components

Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of Logistics Hubs – aiming to build as much of the project offsite as possible. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow just as they are needed. This method will […]

3 July 2018

‘Breakthrough’ could deliver lower cost carbon capture

A Canadian company, Carbon Engineering, has developed a new approach to directly removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and claims the process can now be done for less than $100 per ton compared to current estimates of $600 per ton. Various of carbon capture and storage technology are being worked on to suck the climate-polluting gas […]

14 June 2018

Construction SMEs call for smarter building through digitization

The European Builders Confederation (EBC) and other major European construction industry associations have joined forces to publish the “European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digitalisation” – a strategic call for a strong political leadership from the European Union, an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and a budgetary focus on digital skills, R&D and deployment of IT […]

7 June 2018

Netherlands to build world’s first habitable 3D printed houses

The Dutch city of Eindhoven is to be the first in the world to have habitable homes made by a 3D printer, in an innovation its backers believe will revolutionise the construction industry. Of the first five new houses to be put on the rental market next year, the smallest, with two bedrooms, has already […]

30 May 2018

EU moves to boost private investment in low-carbon technologies

The European Commission has drawn up proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing. Brussels wants to leverage the contribution of the private sector in order to decarbonise the European economy and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

29 May 2018

Output of China’s 3D printing industry will reach $3 billion by 2020

It is expected that the output of China’s 3D printing industry will reach $3 billion by 2020, thanks to the support of the Chinese government. China is going to be the leading position of 3D printing in the world. In 2015, the Chinese government launched the “made in China 2025” initiative to foster advanced technology. […]

18 May 2018

High-tech CityTree cleans as much pollution as 275 trees

The CityTree is a new technology that cleans the air, while occupying just 1% of the space that would be needed using the 275 real trees it replaces. Cities are expanding, but the majority of them are also exceeding health limits for air pollution. Innovations that are small in size but can help clean the […]

15 May 2018

Zero-carbon aluminium smelting process developed by Alcoa

Mining firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium have created a partnership involing Apple to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium. Alcoa had designed a completely new process that replaces that carbon with an advanced conductive material, and instead of carbon dioxide, it releases […]

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