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Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
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
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
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
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7/27/2016  Post a 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
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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
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7/26/2016  2 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
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7/26/2016  1 comment
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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7/12/2016  3 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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6/8/2016  81 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
Hybrid Energy Harvester Eyed for Solar Cells Captures More of Light Spectrum
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5/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
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5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
DoE-Backed Startup Puts a Twist on Offshore Wind Energy
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5/20/2016  5 comments
Accio Energy has created a novel, turbine-less wind energy technology for offshore systems that uses electro-hydrodynamic charge separation principles.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
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5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
These Energy-Harvesting Tiles Bank 200 Times More Power
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5/19/2016  7 comments
Pavegen has significantly updated its energy-harvesting floor tile technology with improvements in its new V3 offering.
Drayson Takes RF Energy-Harvesting Tech from Lab to Market
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Drayson Technologies has developed technology called Freevolt that harvests radio frequency (RF) energy to power IoT sensors and devices.
Nanowires Boost Solar Panel Efficiency to Record Levels
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A Swedish startup is developing nanowire thin-film technology it said can boost solar-panel efficiency to record levels.
So, What's Teslaphoresis? And How Can it Make Self-Assembling Circuits?
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5/9/2016  3 comments
Scientists at Rice University have discovered a new phenomenon they've dubbed Teslaphoresis that could pave the way for self-assembling, wirelessly powered circuits.
Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
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5/6/2016  4 comments
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
Offshore Power ... It's Not Just for Oil Rigs Anymore
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5/5/2016  3 comments
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
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5/3/2016  5 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
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5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
Consortium to Design, Build Integrated Photovoltaic Windows
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
Harvesting Energy from Swaying Buildings
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4/29/2016  3 comments
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
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