The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing a high-temperature, high-performance dielectric film for the aircraft capacitors. Capacitors are devices that store electrical charges. The new film, called Fluorene Poly Ester, is suitable for applications from -55 to 227C. Aircraft capacitors are the weakest link in an aircraft's power electronics system because of their limited operating temperature, according to Sandra Fries-Carr, one of two developers of the film at the Air Force Research Laboratory. The laboratory formed a partnership with Wright Technology Network for developing the film for capacitor manufacturers. Initial applications include military aircraft projects. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material thats ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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