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April 12th, 2006

Tiny tubes could bring big savings on fuel bills

As the last of the winter's fuel bills drops on to your doormat, there seems little prospect of lower prices. But there might soon be an answer that will save you money without your having to turn down the thermostat. Nanotechnology could give your central heating system an energy-efficiency boost.

This is a big idea that depends on the very small. The ideas man is Professor Richard Williams of Leeds University and his inspiration is the carbon nanotube. Add these nanoparticles to a fluid, even water, and they'll disperse to form a nanofluid. And it is the strange behaviour of such fluids that Williams hopes to harness commercially.


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