New ‘Artificial Leaf’ is a Real Gamechanger

Green solar technology that’s shaped to imitate nature has been a somewhat common thing over the last few years. However, instead of constructing a set of buildings meant to blend in and look like trees, as people did at the start of the nature building trend. Now scientists are beginning to look at natural, highly beneficial processes – in this case photosynthesis – and attempting to replicate nature’s solar successes.

Substantial progress has been made in this area. Recently researchers at MIT announced that due to a major breakthrough this year they have finally made the solar ‘artificial leaf’ a reality. The leaf is able to split apart the oxygen and hydrogen that make up water. It does this by opposing catalytic bonds on different sides of the leaf to draw the elements apart. It all sounds very complicated; mostly because it is, but it is an astonishing breakthrough whether its one we can fully understand the science behind or not. Once the two elements have been separated they can then be used as a source of energy.

The successful creation of the artificial leaf has reignited people’s imaginations. What we can do using technology grows with each new day. A worldwide group of scientists have looked at the groundbreaking artificial leaf and speculated that the technology can be used to create even more effective photosynthesis like reactions generating even more solar power. A leaf in nature can separate and efficiently process a large amount of different types of energy. The artificial leaf is the first major step to taking advantage of all the different types of energy the sun has to offer and replicating the already safe and clean solar reactions in nature.

This ‘artificial leaf’ development lead one professor, James Barber, who is unconnected with the project to comment, “there is no doubt that their achievement is a major breakthrough which will have a significant impact on the work of others dedicated to constructing light-driven catalytic systems to produce hydrogen and other solar fuels from water.”

It’s pretty much unanimous that the artificial leaf represents a major development and one that has even more amazing potential for growth and innovation. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking developments in solar power potential because they are everywhere.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Paula Hampton State Farm Insurance

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) November 17, 2011

Paula Hampton State Farm Insurance broke ground Friday, September 16, 2011 on its existing site placing the new building closer to the highway with the parking lot in the rear. The new location is designed to preserve the majestic 100-year old Grand Oak trees on the property while allowing for the planting of many more trees and indigenous plants to the area.

During the past ten years, Paula Hampton?s State Farm insurance agency has occupied the well-known 1948 West Ashley house with the red roof and has simply out-grown it. After consulting engineers about expanding or adding on a second story, it was found that the home?s foundation and structure would not support an expansion. So the solution was to hire Harbor Contracting, LLC to build a new office while demolishing the existing buildings in an environmentally conscious manner. Harbor Contracting and Coast Architects worked with the owner to create and construct a building that is designed well and implements as many ?green? features as possible. Pete McKellar is the owner of Harbor Contracting, LLC and is a certified LEED AP.

The team at the Sustainable Warehouse systematically took apart the structures surrounding the main office prior to the new construction, and will remove the old office after Harbor Contracting completes the new building. The salvaged lumber and building materials will be recycled and sold at a discount at the Sustainable Warehouse located in North Charleston, SC.

Harbor Contracting, LLC is a commercial general contracting firm serving office, dental, healthcare, retail, resort, educational, industrial, and governmental clients throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry for over 25 years. Headquartered in Mount Pleasant, SC, the firm is fully bonded and insured with an unlimited General Contractor?s License Classification.

Harbor Contracting, LLC

(843) 884-3434

http://www.HarborContracting.net

info(at)harborcontracting(dot)net

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Rainscreen System Plays Integral Role in Groundbreaking LEED Platinum Vermont Home

Horsham, PA (PRWEB) March 4, 2011

The team of building professionals who created Vermont’s first LEED for Homes Platinum-certified home agreed from the design stage that a rainscreen system would play an integral role in extending the life of the residence’s exterior siding.

The home’s design included the incorporation of a nylon matrix rolled rainscreen product called Home Slicker

GAF Announces Groundbreaking Lifetime Limited Warranty on All of Its Laminated Roofing Shingles

Wayne, NJ (PRWEB) January 10, 2011

GAF Materials Corporation, North America’s largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer, is announcing groundbreaking changes to its laminated shingle warranties. Effective January 1, 2011, every GAF laminated shingle, including all Timberline