The newest prototype from Active Power is its battery-free flywheel energy storage system that operates for 15 minutes at 80 kW. Slated to replace lead-acid batteries in a 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), the device delivers double the energy of its predecessor. Active Power has already released its CleanSource dc product line (available between 100,000 and 500,000W) and its CleanSource UPS product line (available between 65 and 900 kVA, both utilizing flywheel technology. To find out more information, go to www.activepower.com.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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