Paper Made of Stone

Limex is a new material made of limestone that can be used as a substitute for paper and plastic products. It takes its name from ‘limestone’ and the variable ‘x’. Nobuyoshi Yamasaki and Yuichiro Sumi invented this product and established a company called TBM to develop, manufacture and sell Limex. Limex paper outperforms regular paper…

Hydrogen Power for Olympics in 2020

The Tokyo metropolitan government has decided that the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made into a “hydrogen town” where electricity and hot water are supplied through hydrogen energy, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. After the Tokyo Olympics are over, the electricity and hot water generated with hydrogen energy are…

Buses to the Rescue!

    Two Japanese companies, Hitachi and Hino Motors, have been working together to create buses equipped with rechargeable batteries that might prove useful in case of disaster. The “midsize plug-in hybrid buses for disasters”, as they were described by the two makers, can be used to provide electricity in calamity situations. The buses can…

ASCENDING CURTAINS

A growing number of people are turning to nature to help them save electricity this summer, creating so-called green curtains of climbing plants. According to the Energy Conservation Center, Japan, a key element in power conservation is reducing the use of air conditioners, which consume the most electricity in homes. A green curtain helps block…