To see what awaits us in the future, follow materials science. Quietly, that’s where change happens. Now teams at the Big Ten Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin are leading the way in Transparent Wood Technology. The idea is mind-blowing! The details and applications, even more so…
As a replacement for glass, Transparent Wood windows are potentially cheaper and lighter. They also don’t generate indoor heat the way glass does, keeping the indoors cool and saving on power.
Lignin is why wood is opaque and brown. Removing it makes Transparent Wood. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, just a little too simple. It is necessary to add a polymer to enhance strength and transparency,
Cheaper Solar Panels
With pricing such an issue for the viability of Solar Energy, any component that might cost less helps. Wood is so plentiful that even treated to make it transparent, it’s cheaper.
University of Wisconsin researchers have created computer chip components out of nano-cellulose, a refined wood.
Wilkommen to the ‘Weltstadthaus.’ Renzo Piano, architect, Cologne, Germany.
No more metals and plastics in so many applications! All the best for our environmental footprint on the Earth, since now so much more of what we use will be renewable.
A skyscraper made wholly out of bamboo. CRG Architects presented this concept at the 2015 World Architecture Festival.