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Solar panels for a cloudy day

Solar panels for a cloudy day

British scientists develop solar panels which work better on a cloudy day Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory have developed the ultimate solar panels for Britain, which work better on a gloomy, cloudy day. In a departure from ‘blue sky thinking’ scientists in Britain have developed solar panels that work better on a cloudy day. Their material is as thin and flexible as...

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World Water Day 2014

World Water Day 2014

World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy 22.03.2014 Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers. In 2014, the UN...

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Towards the circular economy

Towards the circular economy

In this report, the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with analytics provided by McKinsey & Company, acting as project adviser, joined forces to reconcile the concept of scaling a circular economy within the reality of a global economy and complex multi-tier supply chains. The key objective is to propose a very specific joint plan of action for industry...

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Climate Change

Climate Change

Human Effects on Climate Human activities are continuing to affect the Earth’s energy budget by changing the emissions and resulting atmospheric concentrations of radiatively important gases and aerosols and by changing land surface properties. Previous assessments have already shown through multiple lines of evidence that the climate is changing across our planet, largely as a result of human...

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Water Resource System

Water Resource System

Modeling Water Resource Systems under Climate Change: IGSM-WRS Three Questions with Ken Strzepek Why did you find the need to add a Water Resource System (WRS) component to the IGSM? Fresh water sources throughout the world are experiencing considerable stress because of an increasing global population and recent droughts, floods and other effects consistent with increased risks associated with...

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CO2 emissions

CO2 emissions

CO2 emissions: cleaner vans by 2020 The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The text, already informally agreed with EU ministers, also calls for the introduction of more reliable CO2 emission testing methods. “We achieved a result...

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Climate Change

Climate Change

Increasing greenhouse gas concentrations will have many effects Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will continue to increase unless the billions of tons of our annual emissions decrease substantially. Increased concentrations are expected to:     Increase Earth’s average temperature Influence the patterns and amounts of precipitation Reduce ice and snow cover, as...

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Skins’s S400

Skins’s S400

SKINS Compression, the world’s leader in gradient compression sportswear, is joining its industry-recognized gradient compression technology with advanced thermal and garment construction to shape the brand’s latest S400 base layer collection. To help competitors perform well from the slopes to the trail, SKINS’ new line features scientifically-proven compression capabilities, improved...

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What is BVI

What is BVI

What is BVI Based on individual body shape rather than one standard measurement technique for all people, BVI divides the body shape of an individual into sections so that the body volume of the body parts and body composition can be analysed. This allows BVI to differentiate between people with the same Body Mass Index (BMI) rating. BVI is the world’s first dedicated computer based...

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Textile articles

Textile articles

Frankfurt (hm) From 13th to 15th February 2014, OEKO-TEX® will again be having their own information stand at the TV TecStyle Visions fair in Stuttgart (Germany), the leading European fair for textile finishing and promotion. Experts from several OEKO-TEX® institutions are available in Hall 6-6A21 to speak to more than 10,000 trade visitors from around the world and inform them about the...

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Waterproof Material

Waterproof Material

The wintry, windy weather will leave you longing for the waterproof warmth of Gore-Tex. But researchers from MIT and Boston University are willing to bet they can give you one better — a material able to ward off the elements, whether rain, sleet or hail. They’ll argue, it’s “the most waterproof material ever.” The team has developed a new...

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PEF Fibers

PEF Fibers

PEF fiber has the potential to become a material to be used in a large range of applications – from sports apparel to carpets. Today, PET is used widely in apparel, carpets, home furnishing, disposables, fabrics, diapers, filters and industrial fibers. Avantium is currently working with industry leaders to explore the enormous future potential of PEF fibers. Avantium is currently working with...

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Water barrier

Water barrier

BASEL – Swiss-based Sanitized, which develops antimicrobial fabric finishes, has received a Swiss Technology Award for its newly developed ‘Pluma’ Technology, an anti-adhesive hygiene treatment for textiles which draws on medical engineering techniques and the formation of a thin film of water on textiles to inhibit odour-causing bacteria. Click here to read the whole...

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Cyber-Physical Systems

Cyber-Physical Systems

Cyber-Physical Systems in textile production – the next industrial revolution? Germany claims the fourth industrial revolution. The evolution towards Industry 4.0 is mainly based on digital technologies. Basic ideas and concepts of Industry 4.0 will be presented, including aspects like horizontal integration through value networks, end-to-end digital integration of engineering across the entire...

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Watertight fabrics

Watertight fabrics

The dry tale of watertight fabrics Sourcing the perfect waterproof ensemble is an age-old tradition. It demands assertiveness and great daring, and many, sadly, have been left sodden in the process. But researchers in Poland believe they may have found the answer. Scientists at the Polish University of Technology in Lodz claim they have created a fabric capable of completely repelling liquid,...

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Polymer Solar Cells

Polymer Solar Cells

Visibly Transparent Polymer Solar Cells Produced by Solution Processing Polymer solar cells (PSCs) have drawn intense attention due to their advantages over competing solar cell technologies. Current progress in the power-conversion efficiency (PCE) of PSCs has reached a new record of 10.6% based on tandem architecture, demonstrating the promising future of PSCs as low-cost and efficient...

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Fish Embryos Mechanism

Fish Embryos Mechanism

UFZ researchers discover function of protein as transporter of toxic chemicals in the zebrafish embryo Leipzig/Dübendorf (Switzerland). Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Envi-ronmental Research (UFZ), together with colleagues from the Swiss Eawag aquatic research institute, have discovered a protein which transports chemicals out of the embryo of the zebrafish and in this way protects the...

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“Shed Me” Clothes

“Shed Me” Clothes

“Shed Me” Clothes Reduce Need for Laundry by Shedding Like Snakeskin Katie Ledger wants you to make like a serpent and molt—the layers of your clothes, that is. Inspired by the way a snake sheds its skin, London College of Art student envisions garments with layers that slough off without the need for frequent laundering. In addition to slashing the heavy energy burden that washing and...

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Spider silk fiber

Spider silk fiber

AMSilk develops world’s first man-made, scalable spider silk fiber Biosteel fibers made from recombinant protein show similar properties to natural spider fibers AMSilk® has produced the world’s first competitive man-made spider silk fiber, called Biosteel, which is made entirely from recombinant silk proteins. Biosteel has mechanical properties similar to that of natural spider silk...

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Qmilk – the bio Milk Fibre

Qmilk – the bio Milk Fibre

The Qmilch GmbH has developed an innovative process to produce a textile fiber from milk which cannot be used for consumption. Qmilk fiber is made from 100% renewable resources. Because of our eco-efficient production technology and our special recipe, we set new standards in fiber production. For the production of 1 kg of fiber we need only 5 minutes and max. 2 liters of water. This implies a...

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