Energy From Waste Heat: Via Sound!

by Justin Thomas •

University of Utah physicists developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity. The technology holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers. “We are converting waste heat to electricity in an efficient, simple way by using sound,” says Orest Symko, a University of Utah physics professor who leads the effort. …

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HyperGreen Tower Concept

by Justin Thomas •

This is an interesting concept called the HyperGreen Tower by Jacques Ferrier, which was recently submitted to an architectural competition in Paris. The 246 meter tower design has an unusual curving exterior lattice facade made out of concrete that acts as the building’s primary structural system. This allows for adaptable floor plates and vegetated sky lobbies that sit between the …

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The Tallest Building In Thailand Will Be Green

by Justin Thomas •

Asia generally lags behind the U.S. and Europe as far as the green-buildings movement goes. But there are signs that green architecture is starting to move more into the mainstream. The Ocean One Tower is a 91-story beachfront residential high-rise in the Thai resort town of Pattaya. Designed by Australia-based firm Woods Bagot, the building (set to be completed in …

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Build Your Own High-Performance Hybrid Electric Bike

by Justin Thomas •

We recently featured the high-performance electric Optibike, which was mentioned in a New York Times article. Well, apparently you can build a equivalent electric bike for much less (for around $1,600). See the video for more details, and see notes on the bike’s design after the fold.