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.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
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 that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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