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May 26th, 2007
Nanoparticle additives could increase the fuel efficiency of fuel engines, resulting in carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and play a key role in cutting the cost of solar cells.
Frost & Sullivan quoted a study by Oakdene Hollins, which the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) commissioned to look at areas where nanotechnology could have "a beneficial environmental impact above current technology and the barriers preventing its adoption".
The report looked at five areas where nanotechnology could be helpful, which included the areas of fuel additives, solar cells, the hydrogen economy, batteries and supercapacitors, and insulation.
In terms of fuel additives, nanoparticle additives could increase the fuel efficiency of diesel engines by about 5%, which would result in a maximum of as much as three-million metric tons a year of CO2 in the UK.
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