You can now get indoor power generation with no fumes and no emissions. Power Air Corp. of Livermore, CA, recently demonstrated a Zinc Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) powered indoor generator. Power Air developed the generator with its Korean-based partner H-Plus Eco Ltd. The generator runs on zinc fuel, which is non-flammable and non-explosive. Since the unit produces no harmful emissions, it can run indoors without fear of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The generator will be marketed as backup power for apartments, homes and businesses during power outages. It will also be marketed as a source of emergency power for police, fire, homeland security and disaster recovery. “ZAFC-based generators have the potential to revolutionize the back-up power industry,” says Remy Kozak, president and CEO of Power Air.
Kozak will take the ZAFC generator on the road this spring and summer to demonstrate it at alternative energy conferences and trade shows.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.