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In the 21st century, graphene has been, by far, one of the most fascinating materials that humankind can get its hands on. Some even call it the miracle material.
Why is it so special? Well, graphene is single layer of carbon, tightly packed into a hexagonal honeycomb lattice. Even in flat sheets just one-atom thick, graphene is incredibly strong.
And it’s incredibly useful. It’s a key component in anything from tennis rackets, making them stronger without adding weight, to batteries, boosting the capacity and charge rate.
Just recently, British scientists figured out a whole new way to wow us with graphene… in the form of paint!
You see, graphene oxide can be created using oxygen, which is a major ingredient in this special paint – making it an ultra-strong coating impermeable to gas, liquid, and strong chemicals.
Fancy, Yet Practical
So what’s the big fuss?
To start, Dr. Yang Su, the first author of the graphene paint study, says the paint could make chemical containers and ships rust proof. It could also be used in plastic packaging, which would improve the shelf life of drugs and food.
According to Yang, “A lot of food… expires because water and oxygen go inside the food, so now if we can simply coat this paint on the plastic, which we use for packages of food… there’s no place for water and oxygen to pass through – it helps to keep your food fresh.”
But what’s more is that this paint has the potential to revolutionize flexible electronics.
As Dr. Rahul Nair, the paint project’s team leader, puts it, “One of the major problems they’re facing [with bendable electronics] is that they don’t have a good barrier film to protect their organic, electronic, material. So with the ability of our film… definitely, we should be able to help this… and one of the advantages is graphene is flexible.”
For decades, graphene was thought impossible to isolate. But now that this team of scientists has cracked the code with converting it into an oxygen-proof paint, the rest is history.
For now, the paint only comes in black, but every color on the spectrum is sure to come.
And “the chase” continues,
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By Martin Denholm, Editor-in-Chief
“An engineering marvel,” says Crain’s Chicago Business.
“Why has no one invented this before?” asks BuzzFeed.
They’re talking about a brand-new technology that dates back to the 19th century.
Before his death in 1931, Thomas Edison was on the verge of harnessing kinetic energy.
Today, his blueprint is about to tackle an extremely common – and irritating – problem that all of our smartphones face.
Even better… this clever creation is beautifully simple to use…
Want to Charge Your Phone? Get Up… And Get Moving!
I’m talking about battery life.
Or, more specifically, lack of it.
How many times do you check the battery on your mobile device each day… and start stressing when it gets low, or at the prospect of a dead battery?
How often do you have to find a power outlet to juice up? For me, it’s every morning or evening.
We’re slaves to our phones… and the energy that powers them.
But what if that energy came from… well, us?!
That’s the thinking behind a new invention called Ampy.
The premise is simple: Why waste all the energy you spend each day through walking, running, or cycling when you could instead put it to use by powering your mobile devices?
In an increasingly populated world, where energy demands are growing, this kind of cheap, highly efficient motion-based power generation is gaining popularity.
- We’ve covered how this bio-battery tattoo uses sweat from exercise to generate energy to power devices.
- How a school in England installed motion-activated floor tiles from energy-harvesting company, Pavegen, to generate electricity from footfall to power the lights and electronic devices.
- How Georgia Tech researchers have used nanotechnology to create thin, plastic sheets that become electrically charged through motion from people and traffic. Using a special generator, one sheet stores 400 watts of power, which is used for lighting.
Ampy follows a similar, do-it-yourself energy generation method…
No Power Outlets Required
Measuring 2.5 inches square and weighing 140 grams, Ampy is a device that you either wear or slip into your pocket. The lithium-ion battery inside it captures energy from your daily movements, which you can then use to charge your phone or other USB-enabled devices, via a regular USB cable.
Simply hook up the phone to Ampy, and it charges as fast as it would at a regular power outlet.
The beauty of it is that the more activity you do, the more power you generate. For example, walking 10,000 steps per day with Ampy produces three hours of battery life. But you can generate the same amount of energy by simply jogging or biking for 30 minutes.
The battery will store a week’s worth of energy from motion and can also be charged via a conventional power outlet if needed.
This is an absolute no-brainer idea.
I mean, why would you not carry Ampy everywhere you go?
Make it part of your regular daily routine… walking the dog… jogging.
The Ampy team has also designed an accessories kit that captures energy from just about any exercise or movement.
And it’s perfect for when you’re sightseeing. Harness all the energy from walking around to charge your phone on the go, so you don’t risk it dying as you’re taking photos and videos.
With users essentially turning into mini power stations, the product has an associated smartphone app that tracks how much energy you create, how many calories burned, and the amount of carbon emissions you’ve saved by generating clean energy.
So who is the Ampy team?
From Prototype to Mass Production
The invention is the brainchild of Tejas Shastry, Alex Smith, and Mike Grier – engineering doctorates who met at an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern University.
The three have used their knowledge to not only design the technology that powers Ampy… but also shrink it down to a suitable size and weight, so the device can be worn or carried.
Indeed, they claim that conventional charging devices that capture kinetic energy would need to be three times bigger and heavier to produce the same power.
After much trial and error, multiple prototypes, and both in-house and consumer testing, the team now has a patent pending on the technology.
The result is a product that’s won the Northwestern University Venture Competition, plus the Clean Energy Trust Consumer Favorite Prize and the 1776 Global Challenge Cup Crowd Favorite.
Take a look…
The Ampy team currently has a Kickstarter campaign to drum up support and funding for manufacturing, so it can turn the prototype into a mass-produced product.
To help achieve this aim, the campaign is Dragon-certified, which means Ampy has manufacturing partners lined up and ready to go for the initial production run. Funding will also help meet the team’s production target within the stated funding limit and timeframe.
Ultimately, you’ll get to produce your own clean, environmentally friendly, renewable energy. And it’s good for you, too. It’s innovation at its smartest, simplest, and finest.
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By Richard Zeits:
ZaZa Energy (NASDAQ:ZAZA) yesterday provided an interesting operating update with regard to its East Texas Eaglebine joint venture. In the statement, ZaZa announced well performance results for three of its East Texas vertical wells in Madison and Walker counties, Texas, that have been on production for approximately one year. The well results are quite strong and impress with their consistency. ZaZa also indicated potential for very strong drilling returns for these wells, even in a relatively weak commodity price environment.
The East Texas acreage, in which ZaZa holds a 20.78% working interest, is comprised of approximately 144,000 acres and is operated by EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG). EOG holds a 75% operated working interest in a large portion of this acreage.
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(Source: ZaZa Energy, December 2013)
ZaZa provided well performance data for three vertical wells through September 30, 2014 (production volumes are presented on a three-stream basis):
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