General Motors and BMW will jointly develop refueling devices for liquid hydrogen vehicles. The companies are also inviting other automakers to join the initiative. The collaboration centers on setting global standards and specifications, says Christoph Huss, head of Science and Traffic Policy for BMW (see DN 08.05.2002, p 21). "So that customers will not be confronted with various systems, standardizing the refueler coupler is a must," he adds. Both companies are looking to have hydrogen vehicles for sale by 2010. www.bmw.com.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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