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posted in April 2013
Researchers Harvest Energy From Planes
Blog 
4/30/2013  23 comments
A team of Viennese researchers has come up with a way to harvest energy from airplanes to power sensors attached to a plane’s fuselage that can be used to monitor and collect data on aircraft structural health.
Researchers Design Hybrid Solar-Vibration Energy Harvester
Blog 
4/29/2013  10 comments
Researchers from South Korea have devised a nanotechnology-inspired hybrid device that can harvest energy from both sunlight and sound vibrations simultaneously.
Slideshow: Profs Say Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
Electronic News & Comment 
4/26/2013  159 comments
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
Blog 
4/24/2013  57 comments
Professor Farzad Safaei of Australia’s University of Wollongong has developed a wind turbine that can be used in urban areas via positioning on skyscrapers and other buildings.
Researchers Use DVD Burner to Fabricate Microcapacitors
Blog 
4/24/2013  4 comments
UCLA researchers have designed a new way to fabricate microcapacitors that could provide a more efficient and cost-effective way to provide energy sources for micro devices that charge 100 to 1,000 times faster than standard batteries.
Smart-City Technology Harvests Energy From Footsteps
Blog 
4/22/2013  38 comments
Energy-harvesting tiles from Pavegen store energy to be used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas.
Lead-Acid Could Challenge Lithium-Ion in Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
4/18/2013  46 comments
With disenchantment in lithium-ion technology on the rise, lead-acid batteries may be poised to play a bigger role in green vehicles.
Corn, Wheat & Rice Trash Make Concrete Stronger
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2013  24 comments
Kansas State University civil engineers have used the waste products of biofuels to make a stronger cement, a major ingredient of concrete, that also gives concrete a smaller carbon footprint.
Researchers Develop Recyclable Solar Cells From Trees
Blog 
4/10/2013  13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a way to use a natural material in trees to develop solar cells that pave the way for recyclable, sustainable, and renewable solar-cell technology.
Used Cooking Oil Powers Transatlantic Flights
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2013  30 comments
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has begun weekly transatlantic flights from New York to Amsterdam using biofuel made from used cooking oil.
Charge Your Mobile Device via Text Message
Blog 
4/9/2013  58 comments
The BuffaloGrid Project aims to provide energy in electricity-poor regions by targeting mobile-phone recharging through the use of portable micro generators.
Report: 2013 Will Make or Break Alternative Fuels
Engineering Materials 
4/4/2013  36 comments
This will be the year that makes or breaks alternative fuel technologies in North America, according to a new report from Lux Research.




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