Content tagged with Alternative Energy
The DoE's Quest to Improve Solar Cells
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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed new techniques that could help them identify performance flaws in materials that form solar-energy-harvesting cells, leading to performance improvements in new cells.
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
Everyone has been there. Done that. Mistakes are a part of life and certainly part of the learning process. Here are some of the key mistakes observed in hundreds of product development teams. Knowing this, forewarned is fore-armed. How many of these do you recognize?
Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
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Using salt, researchers have been able to grow stable oxide sheets that are several hundreds of times larger than with more traditional processes, and with less fouling. When salt crystals are used as a substrate for growing the crystals, they are better able to spread out and form a larger sheet of oxide material. The result is a material that is simply better at collecting and disbursing ions, thereby improving energy storage.
Prince: Legendary Musician, Advocate of STEM
STEM Connection 4/26/2016
In the wake of the legendary musician's death, information is coming forward that Prince was an advocate of green technology and was a major backer behind an organization that teaches underprivileged children how to code.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
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Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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