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New Battery Comprised Solely of Lithium-Sulfur-Based Compound
News 
5/29/2015  4 comments
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  7 comments
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 
5/28/2015  2 comments
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 
5/27/2015  13 comments
Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  12 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
Home and Grid Energy Storage Gains Momentum
Electronics News 
5/19/2015  13 comments
Tesla’s recent entry into the home and grid storage market may be well timed, but the automaker is hardly alone in its quest to bring new sources of electrical power to consumers.
Researchers Make Breakthrough in Capturing, Storing Solar Energy
Blog 
5/19/2015  2 comments
One of the biggest challenges to implementing solar power on a larger scale is how to store the energy to use it when the sun doesn’t shine. Now a researcher in Denmark has made a significant breakthrough in this endeavor, developing molecules that can take energy from the sun, store it, and then release it for use when needed.
Yes, Electric Cars Still Need an Innovative Battery
Opinion 
5/18/2015  92 comments
Why aren’t electric car sales better? The answer can’t be repeated often enough: It’s the battery; it’s the battery; it’s the battery.
Tesla-Inspired iPhone Case Pulls Energy from Air to Charge Device
Blog 
5/15/2015  5 comments
A startup inspired by Nikola Tesla is about to launch an energy-harvesting smartphone case that can charge your phone on the go.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
Blog 
5/7/2015  12 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today’s youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen’s assessment.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
Blog 
5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
News 
5/4/2015  17 comments
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
3D Printing Student Design Contest Winners Announced
STEM Connection 
5/4/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys has announced the winners in its 11th annual Extreme Redesign contest for middle school, high school, and college students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
Tesla Targets Home Energy Storage
News 
5/1/2015  14 comments
Tesla Motors Inc. took another big step into the battery market last night, officially unveiling a strategy that would enable it to sell batteries into home and grid storage applications.
The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs
Blog 
5/1/2015  9 comments
At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2015  5 comments
Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
Tesla's New Battery Will Supply Energy for Your Home
Blog 
4/28/2015  15 comments
Tesla is expected to announce the release of a new battery aimed at powering your entire home.
Learn How to Add Energy Harvesting to Your IoT Apps
News 
4/24/2015  1 comment
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
Moving Big Data to Equipment Design
Blog 
4/23/2015  1 comment
Industrial equipment can be improved by pushing big data from operations into the design process.
BASF Pushes Sustainable Materials, Design
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2015  Post a comment
BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Bayer MaterialScience Gets Green with PU Foams
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2015  Post a comment
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Automation Tools Bring Viability to Renewables
Blog 
4/21/2015  Post a comment
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
Origami-Inspired Solar Panels Could be Headed for Space
Blog 
4/17/2015  Post a comment
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Smart Windows Harvest Energy From Wind and Rain
Blog 
4/15/2015  4 comments
Windows are supposed to let the sun in and keep the fiercer elements of nature out. Now a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has gone one step further, creating windows that not only protect against the elements -- specifically wind and rain -- but also use them to create energy.
Survey: Engineers Want Better Plastics Performance, Recycling Technology
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2015  Post a comment
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Power Plants Have a Big Cyber Security Problem
Blog 
3/31/2015  4 comments
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
Blog 
3/30/2015  22 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/26/2015  3 comments
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
See How Solarbox Turns Iconic London Phone Booths into Mobile Charging Stations
Blog 
3/20/2015  3 comments
A young entrepreneurial duo in London is finding a way to revive that city’s classic red phone booths and give them a contemporary twist, turning them into solar-power charging stations for mobile devices.
Fate of Expiring Federal Solar Tax Credit Remains Unknown
News 
3/17/2015  68 comments
A tax credit that has inspired significant growth and business gains in solar energy in the US over the past decade is set to expire at the end of next year unless Congress passes an extension.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2015  Post a comment
Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
Prototype Bus Shelter is Powered by Energy-Harvesting Plants, Solar Panels
Blog 
3/12/2015  9 comments
The brainchild of two Cambridge University professors, a prototype bus shelter uses a wall of plants and solar panels to harvest energy to provide lighting to the structure.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2015  1 comment
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Automation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost
Blog 
3/4/2015  21 comments
The key to the success of alt energy is advanced automation, which is still relatively new to the energy scene.
6 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Young Engineers
STEM Connection 
3/3/2015  2 comments
DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week may be in the books, but who needs a designated timeframe in which to celebrate and inspire young engineers?
Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
Features 
3/3/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.
Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers
News 
2/28/2015  3 comments
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  2 comments
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Share Your Excitement of Engineering with a Young Person
Blog 
2/26/2015  Post a comment
Engineers throughout the US are in the midst of celebrating Engineers Week. But the celebration extends beyond the country’s borders, and even beyond the Earth itself; the crew of the International Space Station joined the festivities, too!
National Engineers Week Gives Future Technologists an Edge
Blog 
2/25/2015  7 comments
It’s National Engineers Week and host DiscoverE -- an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers -- and other organizations with a vested interest in the field are not forgetting to include the next generation of aspiring and future engineers as part of the festivities.
DiscoverE Encourages Girls to Find their Inner Engineer
Blog 
2/25/2015  7 comments
There is still a significant gender gap in engineering and other STEM fields, but the organization sponsoring Engineers Week is trying to change that. Tomorrow is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, sponsored by DiscoverE, an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Top 15 Cities for High-Paying STEM Jobs
STEM Connection 
2/23/2015  16 comments
Looking for a high-paying STEM job? The San Francisco Bay Area remains a good place to go to have a successful career in these fields, according to a recent study by financial analyst and data firm, SmartAsset, but it's still not the highest paying area of the country.
Welcome to National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Through this week, DiscoverE will present National Engineers Week, a series of programs around the country that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of engineering.
3 Secrets to Becoming 'Awesomely, Amazingly, World-Class Excellent'
Blog 
2/23/2015  4 comments
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that average Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 spend 30% of their lifetimes working weekends on top of already heavily loaded work weeks. In total, Americans spend almost three times the amount of waking hours at work than at home. But what do we get as a result of all this overachievement?
Smart Fabric Sensors for Wearables Inspired by Musical Instruments
Engineering Materials 
2/18/2015  Post a comment
New sensor technology integrates sensors, traces, and electronics into a smart fabric for wearables that measures more dimensions -- force, location, size, twist, bend, stretch, and motion -- and displays data in 3D maps.
Chevy Bolt Announcement Signals Battery Improvement
Automotive News 
2/17/2015  24 comments
Last week’s news that Chevrolet will take its all-electric Bolt concept car to production could be a sign that there's a step-change in EV battery technology on the horizon.
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