Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > News > Massachusetts Institute of Technology sees energy savings in black and white

October 20th, 2009

Massachusetts Institute of Technology sees energy savings in black and white

Abstract:
Back in 1970, American sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler wrote a book called Future Shock. Its thesis was both simple and profound: Not only was the world changing, it was changing at an accelerating rate.

Every year since the book appeared, the truth of its argument has been evident. Change is piled upon change year by year, month by month, week by week.

Back then, construction materials were pretty much the same as they had been 10 or 20 or 30 years before. Now, there is a whole new thing called materials science, and it deals with not only construction materials, but with materials of all kinds.

Many of them involve the use of the even newer group of scientific disciplines that we call nanoscience — the science of the super-small.

Scarcely a week goes by now without three or four articles about nanotechnology in building materials appearing on my computer screen.

One of the most recent involves promising a new idea being developed by a group of students. It isn't ready for the market yet, but watch for it.

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with roofing tiles that turn from black to white and back again as temperatures vary.

On hot days, when you want heat reflected away from your house, they would be white. Then, as temperatures drop and you want some of the sun's heat absorbed by your house, the tiles turn black.


Source:
dcnonl.com

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

The School of Materials at the University of Manchester utilise Deben’s mechanical stages to characterise structure and behaviour at the micro- and nano- scale July 25th, 2017

Shining rings: A new material emits white light when exposed to electricity: New synthetic approach could spark development of other dynamic materials July 24th, 2017

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion July 23rd, 2017

The July 23 close fly-by of asteroid 2017 BS5 is explored in a Q&A with Dr. John S. Lewis, chief scientist at Deep Space Industries July 23rd, 2017

Environment

Researchers revolutionize vital conservation tool with use of gold nanotechnology and lasers: Cryopreservation study results have sweeping implications for wildlife conservation and human health July 15th, 2017

Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater July 1st, 2017

Nanostructures taste the rainbow: Combining nanophotonics and thermoelectrics, engineers at Caltech generate materials capable of distinguishing between tiny differences in wavelengths of light June 30th, 2017

New photoacoustic technique detects gases at parts-per-quadrillion level June 30th, 2017

Energy

'Upconverted' light has a bright future: Rice University professor developing plasmon-powered devices for medicine, security, solar cells July 17th, 2017

Making two out of one: FAU researchers have explained the mechanism behind a process that can increase the efficiency of organic solar cells July 12th, 2017

Argonne National Laboratory’s Continuous ALD Technology Licensed Exclusively to Forge Nano July 7th, 2017

Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles research-Ben-Gurion U. June 21st, 2017

Construction

Here's a tip: Indented cement shows unique properties: Rice University models reveal nanoindentation can benefit crystals in concrete July 20th, 2017

Russian scientists create new system of concrete building structures: Sientists of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University developed a new construction technology April 24th, 2017

Next-gen steel under the microscope March 18th, 2017

Graphene foam gets big and tough: Rice University's nanotube-reinforced material can be shaped, is highly conductive February 13th, 2017

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project