Researchers as RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have succeeded in developing a paint that can absorb moisture and create energy. The paint contains a compound that both soaks in water vapors and acts as a semi-conductor to split the water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen. According to lead researcher and research fellow in the School of Engineering Torben Daeneke, “mixing the compound with titanium oxide particles leads to a sunlight-absorbing paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.” The product does not require filtered water, meaning it can be applied in remote areas as long as there is moisture in the air. [RMIT University News]

A team of researchers at MIT have developed technology for a liquid thermoelectric device that is capable of converting heat waste produced at high temperatures (such as glass or steel manufacturing) into energy. While solid-state thermoelectric devices can already convert heat waste into electricity, they often cannot function at the temperatures required in the industrial process and are therefore not implemented. This device makes the process uniquely affordable by using a molten tin and sulfur compound and can operate at temperatures of 1,742- to 1,965 degrees F. The team acknowledges that most manufacturers will not transition to this technology solely for environmental purposes, but may opt to do so if the liquid thermoelectric device can improve the productivity and lifespan of the equipment. They plan to have a working prototype completed within a year. [MIT News]