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Content tagged with Alternative Energy
posted in July 2013
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  16 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.




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