Scientists at Stanford have developed a fast, water disinfecting device using nanofilms and visible light. It is relatively small, but could have a big impact on both hikers and boondockers.
The glass tablet is topped with bits of copper and “nanoflakes” of the industrial lubricant molybdenum disulfide.
“UV light only counts for 4 percent of the total solar energy. If you can also use visible light, that’s 50 percent of solar energy.”
The early results show highly efficient water disinfection against E.coli and a lactic acid bacteria. Viruses and harmful chemicals may follow. The water should not be cloudy.
It could be commercialized in 3-5 years.
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A new all-electric Tesla cargo van is unlikely to be produced for many years, but the likelihood was first mentioned when CEO Elon Musk recently discussed his future plans with the company.
The electric van could be built on the truck chassis, used for the pickup truck that may hit the market next year.
Tesla Motors has never committed itself to an electric cargo van, yet it would make sense as it could feature electric outlets for power tools powered by the vehicle’s battery pack. For RV’ers, an integrated battery bank with optimized charging capabilities could be the real nirvana.
After a lot of measuring and making a template for the window frame behind the Murphy bed, the actual work started on the frame. I chose hard maple as the whitish color of the wood, complements the white Formica on the walls. The frame has no 90 degree corners and is hand-made according to the template. Ultimately, it will be firmly attached to the van’s metal wall and will support the large wall panel around it.
Started working on the Murphy Bed/Desk today. First on: Ford Transit wireway. Remove plastic cover.