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GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  1 comment
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
3D Pictures of Huge, Self-Assembled DNA Structures
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Silicone Materials Expand LED Lighting Design
Product News 
4/4/2014  2 comments
Dow Corning has introduced optical silicone materials that will help LED lamp and luminaire makers expand design possibilities and speed up manufacturing.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
Blog 
4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
News 
3/28/2014  25 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: Drop-in Jet Biofuels Becoming a Reality
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2014  16 comments
Drop-in jet biofuels have started becoming a reality during the last year. Along with major deals between airlines, engine makers, and fuel producers, one main source may turn out to be renewable diesel already used in ground vehicles, which could make prices competitive with fossil jet fuels.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  33 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motors’ proposed “Gigafactory,” it’s hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
News 
3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2014  36 comments
Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
Solar-Panel 'Skin' May Be Future of Sustainable Home
Blog 
3/14/2014  17 comments
A team of Dutch designers has come up with a way to retrofit a typical home in the Netherlands with a “skin” of solar panels and smart technology to make the home more sustainable and energy neutral.
EcoVolt Technology Transforms Beer Into Energy
Blog 
3/13/2014  21 comments
Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has developed a solution called EcoVolt that uses bioelectrochemistry to treat wastewater so it can be turned into electricity. The company is targeting the beverage industry to convert waste from making beer and wine into energy breweries and wineries can use to run their operations.
Slideshow: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2014  37 comments
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
Hospitals Require Efficient, Low-Cost Electrical Power Distribution
Guest Blogs 
2/28/2014  1 comment
Engineers use efficiency enhancing products in hospitals that help cut down on utility costs and increase the efficiency of power distribution across the board. These installation devices can be high-voltage transformers and other circuits that enable a facility to get continuous power supply.
Could Tesla 'Gigafactory' Bring EVs to the Masses?
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2014  38 comments
Tesla Motors plans to build a huge battery factory in hopes of making electric cars affordable for the general public.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Plugs in the New Golf
Captain Hybrid 
2/26/2014  7 comments
Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the next piece of its multi-pronged sustainability strategy next week, rolling out the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
2/25/2014  44 comments
California's Zero Emission Vehicle laws have been adopted by seven other states, and could bring 3.3 million electric vehicles to the road by 2025.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 
2/21/2014  57 comments
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Captain Hybrid 
2/11/2014  28 comments
Kia Motors laid the foundation for an electric future last week, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
Slideshow: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
Captain Hybrid 
2/10/2014  34 comments
Electric car batteries can do more than power electric cars. They can send current to homes and buildings or send it back to the grid. They may one day store energy from wind and solar farms.
Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles
News 
2/6/2014  36 comments
President Obama's State of the Union address last week contained a surprising reference to natural gas cars and trucks and omitted any mention of electric vehicles, leaving some to wonder whether the administration is embracing a slight shift in policy.
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Added to Golden Mousetrap Awards
Engineering Materials 
2/3/2014  20 comments
The products and services in the materials and assembly category of the Golden Mousetrap Awards keep expanding. This year, we've added a new section: 3D printing and rapid prototyping materials, tools, and services.
Carbon-Reinforced Compound Bests Metal Specs for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2014  15 comments
RTP Company has developed carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds for injection molding with specs that vie with metals in their stiffness and strength.
EcoBot Turns Waste Into Power
Blog 
1/28/2014  12 comments
This robot uses sewage waste as a fuel source and works to clear sewer blockages.
2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
Blog 
1/27/2014  2 comments
Each year, the Golden Mousetrap Awards offer the Design News editorial staff a chance to review the most innovative products of the previous year. In the automation and control area, the process also normally reveals some of the major trends in products and technologies that are making the biggest impacts in manufacturing, since the Golden Mousetrap is all about innovation and forwarding looking designs.
Learning Labs Focus on Materials & 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/24/2014  6 comments
Next month the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and co-located events, will feature 30 two-hour Learning Labs. Here's the skinny on the sessions covering materials and 3D printing.
Will Parking Problems Slow the Rise of Electric Vehicles?
Captain Hybrid 
1/14/2014  42 comments
Battery-powered vehicles may now face a different kind of stumbling block on the path to widespread acceptance.
When Will Electric Cars Reach the Tipping Point?
Captain Hybrid 
1/6/2014  55 comments
The battery is still the wild card for future electric vehicles.
Bio-Battery Leverages Viruses to Power EV
Blog 
1/3/2014  10 comments
Scientists at MIT have developed a new bio-battery leveraging viruses that has two to three times better energy density than currently developed lithium-air batteries, the latter of which is being eyed as a top contender to power the future electric car.
Selecting Your Boost Converter Inductance
Features 
1/3/2014  2 comments
Design for CCM, DCM, or a combination of both.
Slideshow: Fuel Cells Inch Forward
Captain Hybrid 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Hydrogen fuel cells aren’t positioned to solve the world’s energy needs, but they are enjoying a revival of sorts.
Slideshow: Toyota Moves Closer to Fuel Cell Production Car
Captain Hybrid 
12/17/2013  37 comments
The auto industry’s fuel cell mini-trend gained a bit more momentum recently, as Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a close approximation of the hydrogen-powered car it plans to market in 2015.
Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
Captain Hybrid 
12/13/2013  32 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 
12/13/2013  3 comments
A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Video: Are Drone-Powered Power Plants Coming to Your Airspace?
Blog 
12/13/2013  26 comments
UK-based New Wave Energy wants to deploy a network of drones at a high altitude --- 50,000 feet -- to harvest solar and wind energy and help end dependency on the traditional power grid.
Slideshow: Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai to Hit Showrooms in February
Captain Hybrid 
12/12/2013  29 comments
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched production of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover vehicle, with the intent of building and leasing 1,000 of them by the end of 2015.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2013  41 comments
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Is Cheap & Green for Plastics
Engineering Materials 
11/11/2013  15 comments
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
Slideshow: New Materials for Cars Resist Chemicals, High Temps
News 
10/30/2013  4 comments
DuPont debuted several new products, most of them for automotive applications, at the K 2013 plastics and elastomers show.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
10/21/2013  25 comments
Hydraulic hybrids could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years, and may even find application in next-generation cars.
Muscle-Bound Bots Bench 80 Times Their Own Weight
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2013  34 comments
An electroactivated polymer (EAP) produces robotic muscles that lift 80 times their own weight, a new benchmark. They also store and convert energy that robots can use to operate themselves.
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Video: Shoe Inserts Harvest Energy to Power Devices
Blog 
9/24/2013  42 comments
SolePower's waterproof insoles can be swapped between different pairs of shoes, allowing people to store energy from their own footsteps through patent-pending energy-harvesting technology.
World Solar Car Challenge & STEM Education
Guest Blogs 
9/24/2013  5 comments
Siemens PLM Software is proud to sponsor the University of Michigan solar car team, an entirely student-run organization that designed its new Generation car in NX software.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Takes a Deep Dive Into Electrics
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2013  43 comments
Volkswagen’s introduction of two new electric cars is a legitimate step toward electrification for the giant automaker, and not just an effort to comply with government mandates, experts said this week.
Linear Introduces Multi-source Energy-Harvesting Chip
Product News 
9/16/2013  9 comments
Linear Technology, a provider of circuits and power-management technology, has released a new multi-source energy-harvesting chip, the LTC3330, which can deliver up to 50mA of continuous output current to extend battery life when harvestable energy is available.
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