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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  39 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  37 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  6 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
STEM Connection 
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.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
News 
9/11/2013  11 comments
A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
DoE Invents Oxygen 'Sponge' for Potential Use in Batteries, Fuel Cells
Blog 
9/10/2013  15 comments
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a so-called oxygen "sponge" that could provide a new material for devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters, and fuel cells.
Report: China Faces Solar Shakeout, but Market Will Keep Growing
Engineering Materials 
9/9/2013  11 comments
A major study of China's tangled solar market concludes that although consolidation and near-term chaos are inevitable, so is continued growth and a return to profitability and price stability.
Slideshow: Newark element14’s Energy-Harvesting Challenge
Blog 
9/5/2013  10 comments
A battery-free carbon-monoxide detector and a heat-activated egg timer are the winning designs in Newark element14’s Energy-Harvesting Road Test Design Challenge.
Battery-Free Mobile Devices Communicate Pulling Signals From Air
Blog 
9/3/2013  35 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed wireless devices that are powered and communicate solely by harvesting signals from existing television and cellular transmissions in the air.
Researchers Build Concrete-Composite Offshore Floating Wind Turbine
Blog 
8/28/2013  16 comments
The first floating wind turbine was recently deployed offshore in Brewer, Maine, developed by a team at the University of Maine and supported by the Energy Department, which is ardently backing the future use of offshore wind turbine installations.
Researchers Develop Another Potential Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
Blog 
8/20/2013  20 comments
A research team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, has developed a new lithium-polysulfide flow battery with an energy density of between 170 Wh/kg and 190 Wh/L and a lifespan of up to 2,500 cycles -- results that are high comparatively for similar batteries being designed for renewables.
Researchers Develop Thin Solar Film for Mobile Devices, Windows
Blog 
8/15/2013  41 comments
The day when your smartphone screen is also a mini solar panel may not be far off, thanks to new two-layer see-through solar film developed by UCLA researchers.
The ABCs of Energy Savings
Features 
8/14/2013  3 comments
Efficiency improvements and distributed energy concepts lay a foundation for energy savings.
Now Is the Time for Battery Alternatives
Guest Blogs 
7/31/2013  20 comments
From a design, environmental, and reliability standpoint, energy harvesting is the technology with a future.
X-Wind Envisions Wind-Powered Electric Railways
Blog 
7/24/2013  27 comments
Turbines could bring a renewable source of power to railways and any areas where there is wind and limited space, restricted access, or noise considerations.
Pythagoras Smiled From Above
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2013  13 comments
The energy measured from the wind turbines was way off. The solution came from something learned in high school.
Panasonic, Imec Develop Vibration Energy Harvester
Blog 
7/23/2013  25 comments
Panasonic and Belgian company Imec have teamed up to develop an electrostatic energy harvester that can power tire pressure monitoring systems using vibration and noise from the tires themselves.
Researchers Develop Electricity-Conducting Yarn for Smart Clothing
Blog 
7/22/2013  15 comments
Clothing is about to get smarter thanks to a new yarn developed by researchers in Australia that can conduct and store electricity, and can be used to create fabric with its own built-in power source.
Teen Develops Flashlight Powered by Human Hand
STEM Connection 
7/18/2013  16 comments
While other teenagers are out with their friends or playing video games, 15-year-old Ann Makosinski is inventing energy-harvesting devices that she hopes will make the world a better place.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 
7/16/2013  48 comments
Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Floating Wind Turbine Harvests Energy From Ocean Currents
Blog 
7/15/2013  9 comments
SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus) from Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC) promises to convert power from offshore winds, as well as from the ocean itself, into usable energy.
Slideshow: GM, Honda Team Up on Fuel Cell Challenges
Captain Hybrid 
7/10/2013  15 comments
Two automakers that are among the most committed to a hydrogen fuel cell future have agreed to work together on the technology.
Video: Wood Fiber Used to Create Organic Nanobattery
Blog 
7/10/2013  9 comments
The National Science Foundation is supporting the work of University of Maryland grad students to develop a sodium-ion battery that uses wood as its base and whose components are thinner than a piece of paper.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
Blog 
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Thermal Energy-Harvesting Research Gets $1.5M Boost
Blog 
7/9/2013  8 comments
UK Researcher Neil Fox, a senior lecturer in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, was recently awarded nearly $1.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to pursue his thermal-energy harvesting work.
Algae-Based Biofuel Goes Commercial-Scale
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2013  8 comments
In a major move forward for algae-based biofuel, US feedstock producer Cellana has inked a multi-year deal for commercial-scale quantities with Finnish company Neste Oil, one of the world's biggest renewable diesel producers.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Diesel Diet
Captain Hybrid 
6/27/2013  31 comments
With automakers like Chevy and Volkswagen under pressure to boost fuel efficiency, diesel engines are beginning to look like a good bet.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Natural Gas Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
6/26/2013  37 comments
Natural gas vehicles are expected to grow more popular over the next few years, with worldwide numbers reaching 35 million by 2020.
Market Forces to Give More Pop to Natural Gas Vehicles
News 
6/25/2013  26 comments
Market forces will cause sales of natural gas vehicles to spike over the next seven years, but the overall number of those vehicles will still be small, according to a new report.
Graphene Nanotubes: The Latest Advancement in Li-ion Batteries
Blog 
6/24/2013  13 comments
A research team at Rice University has successfully created proof-of-concept anodes that are capable of more capacity than typical battery anodes by creating them out of GNRs and tin oxide.
Aluminum Extrusion Gives Shape Options
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
Energy-Harvesting Shock Absorbers Coming to a Car Near You
Blog 
6/14/2013  48 comments
Now that solar and wind harvesting technologies are a thriving market, researchers are seeking other environmentally related energy sources for which they can create harvesting devices.
100-Percent Solar Plane Flies High on Advanced Materials
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2013  18 comments
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
Feds Launch Metals Lightweighting Institute
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2013  31 comments
The federal government is launching competitions to kickstart three more manufacturing innovation institutes, including one focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation.
Researchers Poke Holes in Solar Cells to Improve Efficiency
Blog 
6/3/2013  12 comments
The method, called “dark solar,” has been developed by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and it enables the cells to reflect only 2 percent of the sunlight that reaches them.
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