Solar electricity, A/C and water. All-in-one.

The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal system To Climate Progress, Swiss researchers working with IBM have built a new solar dish, called the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal system (HCPVT) that tackles the waste heat problem by using it to generate fresh water.”

Yep, a solar installation that generates fresh water, thus solving two common problems faced in developing nations around the world. Icing on the cake, it could also be used for air conditioning.

If all this wasn’t enough, IBM believes this could be cheaper than comparable solar systems, less than $10 cent per kilowatt hour. Talk about genius !

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Giving some of my computer time for science

A post from TreeHugger got me thinking : why wouldn’t I give some of my computer time to help advancing research ? I had written about this almost three years ago, and being looking for a job, I often have a computer running.

So, a month ago, on August 2nd, I started gathering information on The World Community Grid, how it works and how I can help. One of the thing that got me considered this was that IBM is sponsoring the project.

My two-year old computer (based on an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400) is now running calculations that will help finding better solar panels, better water filtration systems and fight cancers and AIDS.

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Battery breakthroughs for electric vehicles

electric-car-charge-plugMany are working on extending the range of electric cars. Here are three of them. Firstly TreeHugger believes that replacing the  graphite electrodes in lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanotube electrodes,would multiply the range by ten.

ArsTechnica notes that carbon nanotubes in ultracapacitors ” may make sense in electric cars, even if it can’t store as much as a battery.” Thirdly, IBM is launching a project to enable electric cars to have a range of 500 miles (800 km).

Extending the current range of electric vehicles and cutting the costs of batteries are the two necessary steps to allow mass market commercialization.

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Help in finding new solar technologies

If you let your computer idle while you are away or asleep, you might consider to allow Harvard and IBM to use it to do calculations for the Clean Energy Project, which is part of the World Community Grid.

Due to find new ways to create more efficient solar photovoltaïc panels and later of batteries, this project already has over a million people donating some of their computer time.

This could shorten an estimated calculation time of 22 years to only two. So, if you want to join this most interesting project, read on.

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