Archive for the ‘Sustainable Infrastructure’ Category

Automated imaging system looks underground to help improve crops

October 9, 2014 -- Researchers have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants. The work could help plant scientists improve food crops to help meet the needs of a growing world population.

Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India

September 17, 2014 -- A research team from three continents is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for monitoring water quality in India. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

Hollow-Fiber MOF Membranes Could Cut Separation Costs, Energy Use

July 3, 2014 -- Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes inside hollow fibers, could potentially change the way large-scale energy-intensive chemical separations are done.

Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for High-Energy Rocket Fuel

March 26, 2014 -- Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications.

OneBusAway App Now Tracks MARTA Trains in Real Time

March 5, 2014 - The mobile app OneBusAway, which tracks public transportation in real time, now includes arrival times for MARTA trains in addition to the MARTA buses and Georgia Tech shuttles already featured in the app.

Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

February 18, 2014 -- Researchers have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. The hybrid fuel cell can use a wide variety of biomass sources, including starch, cellulose, lignin – and even switchgrass, powdered wood, algae and waste from poultry processing.

Optimizing Energy: $2.9 Million Award Will Help Reduce Fuel Use in Forward Operating Bases

January 16, 2014 -- Georgia Tech researchers have begun a project to develop information that military resource planners can use to optimize energy consumption depending on mission needs and local conditions.

New Solar Car Concept Shines at Electronics, Cars Shows

January 15, 2014 - Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with Georgia Tech, debuted a new solar car concept earlier this month at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. The car is continuing its media tour this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Department of Energy Awards Contract to Detect Cyber Attacks on Utilities

January 13, 2014 -- Today’s cyber attacks aren’t just a threat to computer networks. Those with malicious intent can disrupt important infrastructure systems such as utilities and power grids. To counter this threat, the Department of Energy has awarded the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) $1.7 million to help detect cyber attacks on our nation’s utility companies.

Observatory Catches Neutrinos in a South Pole Block of Ice

December 17, 2013 -- The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is helping unravel one of the key scientific mysteries. Using a kilometer cube of solid ice located at the South Pole, the facility is searching for cosmic visitors -- neutrino particles from space.