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6 Automakers Will Lead the Way to EV Battery Growth
Automotive News 
8/25/2016  3 comments
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
Blog 
8/24/2016  1 comment
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Tesla Sticks to Its Vision as Gigafactory Grows
Automotive News 
8/17/2016  13 comments
Tesla Motors says the construction of its giant Gigafactory is ahead of schedule, despite the electric automaker’s growing financial woes.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Will EPA Relax the 54.5 MPG Mandate?
Automotive News 
8/12/2016  74 comments
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Mushrooms Make a Non-Toxic, Next-Gen Building Material
Blog 
8/12/2016  2 comments
Faced with looming EPA regulations, manufacturers are turning to mycelium, a mushroom-based material, as a new, eco-friendly adhesive.
How Ice Can Help Reduce Global Warming
Blog 
8/11/2016  26 comments
As the planet gets warmer, the demand for cooling will increase, which will, in turn, most likely add to emissions. This positive feedback loop is a concern to many.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
Blog 
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
Blog 
8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Blog 
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
Novel Solar Cell Uses Sun to Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Burnable Fuel
Blog 
8/5/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel.
Researchers Advance Efforts to Harvest Energy From RF Signals
Blog 
8/4/2016  1 comment
A team of researchers from The Australian National University has made a breakthrough in efforts to power sensors using energy harvested from signals emitted by television and cellular transmissions, such as those from mobile base stations.
Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
Blog 
8/3/2016  6 comments
Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
Blog 
8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Graphene Used in Simple, Cheap Process to Make Dirty Water Potable
Blog 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
Blog 
7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
Blog 
7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
Blog 
7/27/2016  1 comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
Blog 
7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
Blog 
7/26/2016  5 comments
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
Blog 
7/26/2016  2 comments
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
Blog 
7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
Movement of Bacteria Used to Build Microscopic Wind Farm
Blog 
7/21/2016  Post a comment
Recent wind-energy research has set its sights on scaling up, with the development of some of the largest-ever wind turbine technology to take advantage of this type of energy on a grand scale.
SolarSkin Gives Residential Rooftop Solar Panels a More Attractive Look
Blog 
7/19/2016  Post a comment
A company called Sistine Solar makes rooftop solar installations more attractive with the design of solar panels that blend into their environment.
Nanogenerator Powers Implantable Heart Monitor in Live Animal
Blog 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have demonstrated an implantable triboelectric nanogenerator (iTENG) for biomechanical energy harvesting in a living adult swine.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
Blog 
7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
Blog 
7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
Blog 
7/12/2016  4 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Companies Unveil World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade
Blog 
7/8/2016  1 comment
Adwen and LM Wind Power have teamed up to develop the longest wind turbine blade in the world, at 88.4 meters
Mistbox Makes Your AC Sweat Its Way to Better Efficiency
Blog 
7/7/2016  5 comments
A new smart-home device takes inspiration from human perspiration to help people get more efficiency out of residential air conditioning units
Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
Blog 
7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
Blog 
7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
Blog 
6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Bionic Leaf Uses Photosynthesis-Like Method to Turn Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
Blog 
6/29/2016  3 comments
A cross-disciplinary team of scientists at Harvard University have invented a bionic leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
Blog 
6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Super-Sized Wind Turbine Can Improve Output While Saving Money
Blog 
6/27/2016  5 comments
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Researchers Team Up for Cheaper Solar Energy Battery Storage
Blog 
6/20/2016  Post a comment
Three UK research entities have teamed up in a partnership to develop sodium-ion cells as a low-cost alternative to lithium-ion batteries for solar energy storage.
Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
Blog 
6/15/2016  Post a comment
The most successful R&D-driven enterprises use portfolio-management tools to provide a line of sight into all of the company's product development efforts, so as to make optimal decisions around funding.
New Energy-Carrying Particles Help Advance Solar-Cell Development
Blog 
6/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists have designed new energy-carrying particles that improve the way electrons are transported and could be used to develop new types of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.
The DoE's Quest to Improve Solar Cells
Blog 
6/13/2016  Post a comment
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.
Powering Smart Cities With Wind and Solar Energy
Blog 
6/10/2016  Post a comment
As researchers work on advancements in technologies that harvest solar and wind energy, others are working on technology that can do both.
What Do Engineers Think of Trump’s Energy Plan?
News 
6/8/2016  82 comments
Donald Trump’s recent release of an “energy plan” offered no policy details, but left little doubt as to where the Republican presidential candidate stands on the subject of green energy.
Solar-Energy Conversion Goes Through the Roof
Blog 
6/8/2016  Post a comment
MIT researchers have demonstrated a device that leverages thermophotovoltaics to break through the predicted ceiling for solar-cell conversion.
Perovskite Solar Cells Are Just About Ready for Prime Time
Blog 
6/7/2016  1 comment
Thin-film solar cells made of perovskite are poised to move from the lab to the commercial market in the next three years, according to a recent report by Lux Research.
We're Drowning in Pointless Technology Jargon
Blog 
6/7/2016  2 comments
Are we hitting a breaking point for clouds, platforms, solutions, and other product descriptions that say a lot but don't really do much?
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Product Development
Blog 
6/6/2016  3 comments
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?
Flow Battery for Renewable Storage Is Simple and Cheap
Blog 
6/6/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have developed one of the first liquid-flow batteries that reduces the cost and simplicity of the typical design.
Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
Blog 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
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.
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