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Turning wood into a thermal battery
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 20:46


A nano-engineering breakthrough in the most commonly used material – wood – in the most-polluting segment of the economy – housing – has the potential to slow or reverse global warming.

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Housing uses more fossil fuel than cars in America – so it is an obvious target for Silicon Valley’s emerging Greentech industry, but 94% of American houses are made of low-tech material- wood.

A new nanobiotechnology to alter wood at the molecular level has been named among the top 25 Inventions of 2007 in the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge, to be announced at 10:30am on Thursday March 22nd at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

The Enertia® Building System, invented by Michael Sykes, has been chosen as one of 25 Semi-Finalists in the 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge. The Challenge is a contest to find America’s next great invention idea-and help bring it to life. The Challenge is sponsored by the History Channel, Invent Now, Inc. TIME Magazine, and Lexus. Sykes was selected from 2,200 entries based on the criteria of: 1) A technological Breakthrough 2) Cleverness, and 3) Historical significance. The top five winners will be announced at Citigroup Center in New York City on May 11th.

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