A recent study from Frost & Sullivan finds that regulatory pressures from government authorities such as the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are stimulating the adoption of fuel cell technologies. The goal of that pressure is to ensure reduced emissions and encourage the conversion to alternative fuels. The research also finds that initiatives such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership are also likely to usher in the use of fuel cells in commercial vehicles much earlier than expected.
Fuel cells help reduce the dependence on fossil fuel by using hydrogen. These energy-efficient devices have the ability to reduce noxious emissions considerably. Frost & Sullivan analysts believe government pressure will speed the development of fuel cell technology, thus making this alternative more practical for the auto industry sooner than auto industry experts expect.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.