Neoplants have developed a genetically modified houseplant that can scrub the air of volatile organic compounds (VOC), specifically formaldehyde (HCHO) and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX), which are present indoors from paints, coatings, chemicals, cooking & smoking.
Researchers from Imperial College London and Switzerland's Empa institute have developed a system to deployed automated flying 3D printer drones which can be used to print structures in awkward to reach or inhospitable places. Inspired by bees, the Aerial Additive Manufacturing system (humourously) consists of two drones working together, one worker drone that does the printing and one gaffer drone that monitors the work and directs the worker drone to stick to the blueprint if it veers off script.
Rondo Energy are developing a 98% efficient brick toaster battery for industrial use, made from clay and sand, that can store heat up to 1,500 degrees Celsius. If the company's planned roll out over the next 15 years materialises, it would reduce global emissions by 15%!