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Scientists make plastic from pine trees

Most current plastics are made from oil, which is unsustainable. However, scientists have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine needles.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2017

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Designing architecture with solar building envelopes

In a new project, researchers currently developing two facade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque facade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2017

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Summer heat for the winter

Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2017

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