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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  1 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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?
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
Blog 
4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Microbial Battery Eyed as Viable Storage for Renewables
Blog 
4/27/2016  1 comment
Researchers in The Netherlands have developed a microbial-based battery they said could provide environmentally friendly and cost-effective storage for renewable energy.
Prince: Legendary Musician, Advocate of STEM
STEM Connection 
4/26/2016  5 comments
In the wake of the legendary musician's death, information is coming forward that Prince was an advocate of green technology and was a major backer behind an organization that teaches underprivileged children how to code.
Researchers Tap Wood, Not Glass, for Solar Panels
Blog 
4/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers in Sweden have developed a way to use wood as the transparent material in solar panels.
10 of the Worst Environmental Disasters in Engineering History
Blog 
4/22/2016  28 comments
Earth Day was founded to raise environmental awareness after an oil spill. Poor engineering has lead to some of the most devastating environmental disasters in the world. To that end, we take a look at 10 of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history.
5 New Green Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
Blog 
4/21/2016  2 comments
Green is the new black. In preparation for Earth Day we take a look at the latest green technologies set to have a big impact in the coming years.
DoE Level VI: Getting Your Measurement Technique Right
Blog 
4/20/2016  Post a comment
The new US Department of Energy Level VI standard for External Power Supplies leaves little room for error. Knowing what makes a difference will help you make proper and accurate measurements.
Photosynthesis Inspires New Method for Renewable Energy Storage
Blog 
4/20/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Canada have made a breakthrough in the chemical process of storing energy, paving the way for more viable options for storing alternative energy sources on a larger scale.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
Blog 
4/19/2016  Post a comment
Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
Blog 
4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
Researchers Turn to Rotten Tomatoes for Biofuel
Blog 
4/11/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has developed a way to turn tomato waste into a new type of biofuel.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  5 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
Blog 
4/4/2016  7 comments
The Department of Energy has come up with a new design for gigantic wind-turbine blades (longer than two football fields) for harvesting offshore wind energy.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
Automotive News 
3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Labs Across the US Open to Students for 'National Week at the Labs'
STEM Connection 
3/10/2016  1 comment
The White House recently hosted National Week at the Labs to open up laboratories all over the US to students to encourage their interest in STEM.
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