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A Changing World Going Green

Updated on June 30, 2013

A Changing World Going Green

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A Changing World Going Green

A Changing World Going Green

Volume 2, Issue 14, June 30, 2013

Talk about the big banana, a young teenager just sixteen years old is turning the banana industry into a new bio-plastic technology that is peeling its way into the future. The young teen, Elif Bilgin is a Turkish native from Turkey and he won the Scientific American’s Science Action prize on ways to discard banana peels. This was a Google science fair held in or about, September 2012. Not only is the use of the banana in bio-plastics but it has caused some high-brow movement in cleansers to clean and polish silverware, leather, and the leaves of house plants. It also has been added to some water purification technological advancements. How is that for the Big Banana! Not to be out-done oranges are also great for the plastic industry and biodegradable chemical agents to keep pests at bay in orange based treatments. Well I guess you can call it an annoying orange! It is annoying the heck out of termites and ants and keeping them out of the home and business!

The United States of America developed a smaller photovoltaic solar panel that could improve performance on a much more grandeur scale than the current photovoltaic solar panel. It leaves the area used for installation less cluttered and enhanced its ability to perform without more clutter than necessary. It performs more effectively and efficiently than its originator.

MIT made enhancements that have led to a thinner and less weighty photovoltaic solar panel of 20 to 50 times thinner than its predecessor and the new technology involves grapheme or molybdenum disulfide materials, a new breakthrough in Nano technology.

The precedent solar panels were made of silicon solar cells and the new Nano technology has grapheme solar cells which are and are two-dimensional. The graphene solar cells converts’ energy on a 1 and 2 percent efficiency compared to 15 to 20 percent efficiency with silicon solar cells. These lower energy conversion cells also produce more power at a rate of 1,000 times more than its predecessor.

In addition to the grapheme or molybdenum disulfide solar cells the carbon nanotube solar cells have made some improvements in efficiency. This type of carbon nanotube could produce or convert 75 percent of light that it absorbs into electricity. Believe it or not this technology is still in its infancy and is only a half century old still a baby in the huge technological world. The alignments and placements of cells in rolls and better arrangements have led the way to better technology in the silicon and carbon solar cell.

The solar chips and panels now lead the pack to a more enormous large-scale quantum chip that is and was introduced by USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center. This enormous processor was purchased from a Canadian manufacturer called, “D-Wave,” it computes and performs optimization calculations, contrasts and finds the lowest energy solution using a procedure that is consistent with quantum physics; that is a quantum leap from 1982 and how we are today in 2013 (http://phys.org/news/2013-06-large-scale-quantum-chip-validated.html#ajTabs.).

In the water purification and in the improvements of desalination of microfluidic systems, the Germans and the USA American researchers have collaborated in beating conventional techniques and methods on how we treat water in desalination with electrochemical desalination methods, shocking and moving electrical currents to desalination of sea or salt water. The electrochemical channels (two) take voltage to a maximum of energy of 22 µm wide where the energy is converted into enriched ions that go through each of the two branched channels producing desalinized sea or salt water. This is a huge discovery in science and our water supply will increase dramatically because of the supply of sea and salt water we have available to us.

In addition to these amazing engineering and technological feats the monitoring and radiological industry has made great strides in their collaborative efforts between Japan and the USA in the development of a method to detect and monitor airborne radiological pathogens since the nuclear emergency and tsunami disaster. This also improved both governments and businesses in emergency preparedness programs and response systems that involved more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the interesting update. I live off the grid with 100% solar power. I look forward to updating to more effective panels. I'd better start saving now that I know the new improved version are on the way. :)

      Voted up.

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      Siliconsolar 3 years ago

      It is awesome to see that you are getting 100% of your energy in a clean way! Living off-grid is a great idea in living self-sufficiently. Using solar panels can supply a whole house with energy. Silicon Solar offers solar systems for off-grid use (http://www.siliconsolar.com/shop/solar-store/compl... However, homes can also convert to using solar energy even if they are already connected to a grid system. Check out solar panels, water heaters, and more at http://www.siliconsolar.com/.

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