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Making wooden construction materials fire-resistant with an eco-friendly coating

Researchers developed a new type of coating that could limit the flammability of wood used in construction, potentially providing more time to escape fires and also curbing their spread. The environmentally friendly flame retardant could also be used for other flammable materials, such as textiles, polyurethane foam and 3D-printed parts.

Mar 22nd, 2022

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Unlocking the market potential of community bioenergy

An EU-backed project is developing a tool that connects biomass heating supply chain stakeholders. Called e-Market Environment, it is just one of the project's tools aimed at promoting the spread of bioenergy heating technologies in Europe.

Mar 17th, 2022

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New flow battery stores power in simple organic compound

The intermittent supply of green electricity requires large-scale storage to keep our power grids stable. Since normal batteries do not scale very well, the idea of using flow batteries, which store electricity in a fluid is attractive. However, these batteries contain rare metals and are expensive. Scientists have designed a flow battery electrolyte that may solve both problems.

Mar 16th, 2022

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Smart coatings in the pipeline

An imaginative approach to polymer surface coating has produced a sustainable way to remove mercury from water - while providing a wide range of protection including for preventing metal corrosion and solvent damage of plastic PVC pipes.

Mar 15th, 2022

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'Sky is not the limit' for solar geoengineering

There are practical limits to the height at which aerosols may be deployed in the atmosphere to deflect incoming sunlight and countervail global warming. Very high-altitude injections might be more effective, but such climate intervention comes with substantially increased costs and safety risks, according to new research.

Mar 14th, 2022

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