Carbon nanotube yarn could help create battery-free wearables, powered entirely by their users' movement. Imagine being able to harness the energy produced during your morning jog and using it to power a music player or fitness tracker. Researchers have developed a special ultra-thin yarn created from carbon nanotubes. It efficiently converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. The yarn can be twisted into elastic-like coils that allow the threads to generate electricity when stretched. The energy from one piece of yarn can generate 250 watts per kilogram when a number of them are bound together and stretched 30 times per second.
Imagine a power generation facility that is connected to the local power grid but floating on water. Floating power plants can be designed to be easily transportable and positioned in ports, on rivers, in deep oceans or even in sheltered coastal regions to enable power to remote locations and to regions during natural calamities. It?s something that the Chinese and the Japanese energy experts have pulled off recently. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/floating-power-plants-look-future-energy-harihara-balasubramanian
The pallet industry is reported to consume around 40% of global timber production, a serious environmental issue. Australian company, Range International, has developed an alternative plastic product at around the same price and 100% recyclable. At the end of their life it?s planned that their pallets can be placed back into the production process to produce new ones. This idea was ranked no 1 at a boardroom lunch hosted by Ashurst Sydney in July 2016. www.RangeInternational.com