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Oct 24, 2015, by UDResearchEurekAlert!

Capacitor breakthrough

Oct 24, 2015, by UDResearchEurekAlert!
In the movie 'Back to the Future,' Doc Brown and Marty McFly landed in the future in their DeLorean, with time travel made possible by a 'flux capacitor.' Today, capacitors are key components of portable electronics to electric cars, providing fast delivery of energy but poor storage capacity. However, researchers from UD and the Chinese Academy of Sciences report a new approach to increasing ... Read more...
Oct 23, 2015, by The Christian Science MonitorThe Christian Science Monitor

Dutch car wins solar power race. Is technology that far behind?

Oct 23, 2015, by The Christian Science MonitorThe Christian Science Monitor
A sun-powered car race at the World Solar Challenge in Australia demonstrates the growing appeal of solar. But challenges remain for researchers in the field to overcome. Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by News 4 Jax

Such attacks hit the nation's electric grid once every four days, according to estimates

Oct 22, 2015, by News 4 Jax
The energy sector is calling for improvement in notification and information sharing from the federal government in the face of ever-increasing cyber and physical attacks on the nation's electric grid, industry experts said before a House panel on Wednesday. Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by Rene Marsh, CNN Government Regulation CorrespondentCNN.com

Congressman: National power grid frequently attacked

Oct 22, 2015, by Rene Marsh, CNN Government Regulation CorrespondentCNN.com
The energy sector is calling for improvement in notification and information sharing from the federal government in the face of ever-increasing cyber and physical attacks on the nation's electric grid, industry experts said before a House panel on Wednesday. Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by EurekAlertAAASEurekAlert!

Delft experiment tests Einstein's 'God does not play dice' with quantum 'dice' made in Barcelona

Oct 22, 2015, by EurekAlertAAASEurekAlert!
Random number generators developed at ICFO -- The Institute of Photonic Sciences, by the groups of ICREA Professors Morgan W. Mitchell and Valerio Pruneri, played a critical role in the historic experiment was published online today in Nature by the group of Ronald Hanson at TU Delft.  Read more...
Oct 21, 2015, by Manufacturing . net

Four More Companies Join Georgia Tech IoT Institute

Oct 21, 2015, by Manufacturing . net
Four additional companies will join the ranks of founding members at a new Internet of Things research center hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Read more...
Oct 19, 2015, by azengineeringEurekAlert!

Solar Pioneer John Wesley Miller receives Lasting Legacy Award

Oct 19, 2015, by azengineeringEurekAlert!
( University of Arizona College of Engineering ) John Wesley Miller, 82, has received the 2015 Lasting Legacy Award for housing innovations from the Department of Energy. He is only the second recipient of the award. An alumnus of the University of Arizona College of Engineering, he was one of the first builders of solar-powered homes.  Read more...
Oct 16, 2015, by cwruEurekAlert!

Partnership formed to commercialize technology restoring movement in paralyzed patients

Oct 16, 2015, by cwruEurekAlert!
( Case Western Reserve University ) Case Western Reserve University's Institute for Functional Restoration (and Synapse Biomedical Inc. have entered a partnership to commercialize fully implantable systems that restore muscle function in paralyzed patients. The first clinical trials, with patients using the system for hand grasp and postural balance, are scheduled to begin this fall. Read more...
Oct 13, 2015, by noozhawk.com

UCSB Hosts International Year of Light Symposium

Oct 13, 2015, by noozhawk.com
Energy efficient lightbulbs were on display at the Solid State Lighting & Energy Efficiency Center's table. (Sonia Fernandez / UCSB photo) The daylong event at UCSB's Corwin Pavilion highlighted the science and engineering behind the technology that has come to dominate not only communications and energy efficiency but also medicine and entertainment. Read more...
Oct 09, 2015, by TuftsUniversityEurekAlert!

Single atom alloy platinum-copper catalysts cut costs, boost green technology

Oct 09, 2015, by TuftsUniversityEurekAlert!
( Tufts University ) A new generation of platinum-copper catalysts requiring very low concentrations of platinum in the form of individual atoms to cleanly and cheaply perform important chemical reactions is reported. The new catalysts could also facilitate broader adoption of environmentally friendly devices and processes. Read more...
Oct 09, 2015, by Paul Dvorakwindpowerengineering.com

NREL dedicates hydrogen fueling station

Oct 09, 2015, by Paul Dvorakwindpowerengineering.com
Editor’s note: This modest event might be of interest to wind advocates because the hydrogen used will probably electrolyzed from water using power ideally generated by Colorado wind.  Read more...
Oct 09, 2015, by willknightMIT Technology Review

How Might Apple Manufacture a Car?

Oct 09, 2015, by willknightMIT Technology Review
Apple could subcontract the manufacturing required to produce a car and focus on the software, which is becoming ever more important. Automobile production might seem a stretch for a company more accustomed to making handheld electronic gadgets and software. Read more...
Oct 09, 2015, by TU_MuenchenEurekAlert!

Faster design -- better catalysts

Oct 09, 2015, by TU_MuenchenEurekAlert!
( Technical University of Munich (TUM) ) While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Therefore, catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. Read more...
Oct 04, 2015, by International Business Times

China Hastening Rollout Of Car-Charging Network: Xinhua

Oct 04, 2015, by International Business Times
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars, as it seeks to reach an ambitious goal of 5 million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, the official news agency Xinhua said Sunday, citing a senior energy official. A shortage of charging facilities has long been a roadblock for sales by the makers of electric cars, ranging from the domestic. Read more...
Oct 02, 2015, by Andy Boxalldigitaltrends.com

Two years of research led to a discovery that could change Li-ion batteries forever

Oct 02, 2015, by Andy Boxalldigitaltrends.com
Research carried out by a team at Stanford University has disproven an, until now, industry accepted science. A previously disregarded material inside Li-Ion batteries could be the key to faster charging times and greater efficiency. The post Two years of research led to a discovery that could change Li-ion batteries forever appeared first on Digital Trends . Read more...
Oct 02, 2015, by Jon Keegangraphics.wsj.com

Graphic: Lithium Ion vs. the World's Other Energy Sources

Oct 02, 2015, by Jon Keegangraphics.wsj.com
Gas? Coal? Body fat? Compared to the world's other popular energy sources, lithium-ion batteries have a long way to go. Read more...
Oct 01, 2015, by Michael W. LamachHarvard Business Review

3 Ways to Incorporate Sustainability into Everyday Work

Oct 01, 2015, by Michael W. LamachHarvard Business Review
NICHOLAS BLECHMAN FOR HBR A look at global trends such as energy demand should remind leaders of businesses small and large that what we do every day matters. The key to solving the world's pressing energy and environmental challenges is for organizations with the right expertise — like the one I lead, Ingersoll Rand — to implement measurable climate-change initiatives and take a vocal role within their industries. Read more...
Sep 27, 2015, by Headline News

ISR 31st Space Studies Program 2018 To Convene In The Netherlands

Sep 27, 2015, by Headline News
Two-Month Intensive Program Offers Participants Unique Networking Opportunities The International Space University (ISU) is proud to announce that the 31st annual Space Studies Program (SSP) session will convene in the Netherlands during the summer of 2018. Read more...
Sep 26, 2015, by upi.com

Harvard researchers announce cleaner flow battery safe for homes

Sep 26, 2015, by upi.com
Marilyn Malara CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A team of researchers from Harvard University have uncovered an even cleaner solution to storing green energy from the sun and wind. Read more...
Sep 26, 2015, by Kevin F. Kelly & Cyrus C.M. ModyIEEE Spectrum

Whatever Happened to the Molecular Computer?

Sep 26, 2015, by Kevin F. Kelly & Cyrus C.M. ModyIEEE Spectrum
Forty years ago, a New York University graduate student named Arieh Aviram opened his Ph.D. dissertation with a bold suggestion: “Taking a clue from nature, [which] utilizes molecules for the carrying out of many physical phenomena, it may be possible to miniaturize electronic components down to molecular size.” What Aviram was proposing was revolutionary: leapfrogging the ongoing miniaturization trend of Moore’s Law by substituting single organic molecules for silicon transistors and diodes. Read more...
Sep 25, 2015, by NatGeonews.nationalgeographic.com

Want a Solar-Powered Home? Here's a New Battery That Won't Ignite

Sep 25, 2015, by NatGeonews.nationalgeographic.com
If you dream of an off-grid house powered by the sun, plan on a battery to store energy for cloudy days—ideally, one that won’t catch fire. Harvard researchers might have just the fix. In the race to build the battery of the future, they’re unveiling a unique option. They say their flow battery is the first made with cheap, non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, high-performance materials. Read more...
Sep 25, 2015, by HarvardResearchEurekAlert!

Green storage for green energy

Sep 25, 2015, by HarvardResearchEurekAlert!
A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a rechargeable battery that could make storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind safe and cost-effective for both residential and commercial use. The new research builds on earlier work by members of the same team that could enable cheaper and more reliable electricity storage at the grid level. Read more...
Sep 17, 2015, by Climate Centralmashable.com

U.S. invests $100 million in solar power research

Sep 17, 2015, by Climate Centralmashable.com
Researchers developing new solar power technology are getting more than $100 million in grants from the federal government as a way to reduce the cost of solar power and expand access to low-carbon energy. As part of the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday announced $52 million in new funding to universities, corporations and national laboratories to find ways to reduce the cost of solar energy, and $50 million for solar photovoltaic technology research and development. Read more...
Sep 16, 2015, by Daniel C. EstyRudy Provoosthuffingtonpost.com

Shifting Gears on Climate Change

Sep 16, 2015, by Daniel C. EstyRudy Provoosthuffingtonpost.com
As world leaders gather this week in New York, the pressure is mounting to produce a new climate change agreement in Paris in December. The outcome of that meeting will set the stage for the global response to rising temperatures and ongoing environmental disruption. Rather than relying solely on national level leadership to foster change, we believe local governments and the private sector need to play a more central role in shaping the world's climate change action plan. Read more...
Aug 28, 2015, by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghangizmodo.com

The Pentagon, Apple, and NASA Are Working Together To Build Electronics That Bend

Aug 28, 2015, by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghangizmodo.com
How far does $171 million go in Silicon Valley? A group of more than 160 companies, schools, and government agencies are going to find out—thanks to a grant from the Department of Defense that will fund a San Jose institute devoted to developing flexible tech.  Read more...
Aug 28, 2015, by Manufacturing . net

Study Shows Improved Solar Charging Of Lithium Batteries

Aug 28, 2015, by Manufacturing . net
Scientists at an Ohio university recently developed a system that can charge lithium ion batteries with solar power at unprecedented efficiency. The study, conducted at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University and published in the journal Nature Communications , could eventually contribute to cleaner transportation and homes, researchers said. Read more...
Aug 27, 2015, by Photonics Online

Laser-Burned Graphene Gains Metallic Powers

Aug 27, 2015, by Photonics Online
Rice University chemists who developed a unique form of graphene have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn the material into a useful catalyst for fuel cells and other applications. Read more...
Aug 27, 2015, by Science Daily

Charging a lithium-ion battery efficiently with a solar cell

Aug 27, 2015, by Science Daily
Researchers have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency -- the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe. Read more...
Aug 27, 2015, by bangordailynews.com

Denmark has climate change lessons for Maine, this group will find them

Aug 27, 2015, by bangordailynews.com
Posted Aug. 26, 2015, at 1:22 p.m. If you saw a threat, would you avoid it? If you saw an opportunity, would you take it? We all know the answers to these questions, and so do 14 Maine leaders who will board an airplane later this week heading for Denmark. Read more...
Aug 27, 2015, by eetimes.com

Opening an FPGA-Based Mips Cpu Core to Universities

Aug 27, 2015, by eetimes.com
Imagination's MIPSfpga program is designed to bring a new CPU architecture education paradigm to universities around the world. Read more...
Aug 21, 2015, by Bucks Local News

Pennsbury students have a blast exercising their imaginations

Aug 21, 2015, by Bucks Local News
PENNSBURY Fifty-four young inventors discovered that science can be not only fun, but also intellectually invigorating during Camp Invention at Makefield Elementary School. Read more...
Aug 04, 2015, by abschafferMIT Technology Review

Tech's Enduring Great-Man Myth

Aug 04, 2015, by abschafferMIT Technology Review
Musk's companies have the potential to change their sectors in fundamental ways. Still, the stories around these advances—and around Musk's role, in particular—can feel strangely outmoded. The idea of "great men" as engines of change grew popular in the 19th century. Read more...
Jul 21, 2015, by DonnonwordpressPower For USA

New Clean Energy Movement

Jul 21, 2015, by DonnonwordpressPower For USA
There is a new movement underway, and the countries leading the movement are the ones that have experienced the effects of so-called clean energy. The UK is coming to grips with energy poverty and the backlash against unsightly and noisy wind turbines. The UK government is scrapping its Renewables Obligation for onshore wind projects which have been supported with billions of dollars of government money. The accompanying cartoon is based on the UK's real experience with wind energy. Read more...
Jun 11, 2015, by RMartinBoulderMIT Technology Review

Designer Carbons Are Getting a Boost from Nanotechnology

Jun 11, 2015, by RMartinBoulderMIT Technology Review
Human-designed carbon could play a role in reducing human-produced carbon emissions. Typically made from coconut shells or wood chips, activated carbon has a variety of uses, from refrigerator deodorizers to water filters to batteries. Its primary characteristic is its Swiss-cheese-like structure: it's riddled with tiny holes or pores that increase the material's surface area, enhancing its ability to catalyze chemical reactions and store electrical charges. Read more...
Jun 09, 2015, by Power Engineering

NREL, Clemson University collaborate on wind energy testing facilities

Jun 09, 2015, by Power Engineering
The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University have joined forces to improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid. Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Clemson and the NREL will partner to share resources and capabilities in the operation and development of testing facilities. Read more...
May 21, 2015, by Energy Manager Today

EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings

May 21, 2015, by Energy Manager Today
A three-year Europe-wide Smart Campus project targeted energy efficiency in non-residential university buildings and reached a 30 percent energy savings. Smart Campus was funded by the European Commission, and used Enoro's centralized meter data management Generis to collect the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validate it and provide the campuses with feedback on how the forecast compared to the actual results. Read more...
May 07, 2015, by Leighann MorrisIntelligent Building Today

UK energy efficient home improvements hit lowest level

May 07, 2015, by Leighann MorrisIntelligent Building Today
According to the latest Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures, energy efficiency home improvements installed under the government’s Green Deal and the energy company obligation (ECO) have hit their lowest level for 20 months in February this year. A total of 44,431 energy efficiency improvements were installed in 35,488 homes under the two government-backed scheme in February, the lowest level since June 2013 (compared to a high of 100,206 improvements in March 2014). Similarly, the total number of ECO improvements installed fell to 42,804 in February this year, compared to a high of 98,872 in March 2014. Read more...
May 05, 2015, by Financial Post

Peter Foster: Tesla chief Elon Musk's battery 'breakthrough' is off the wall

May 05, 2015, by Financial Post
He also conceptualized a fantasy vehicle call the Hypercar, which would run off fuel cells. Lovins vision proved to be all hype. Elon Musk is a genuine entrepreneur with the ability to turn vision into reality (albeit sometimes with lashings of government money). Read more...
May 05, 2015, by eetindia.co.in

Novel material enables simpler, more efficient batteries

May 05, 2015, by eetindia.co.in
A team of engineers at the University of Maryland as developed a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. According to them, the material incorporates the properties of both the electrodes and electrolyte. Read more...
May 05, 2015, by Michael BergerNanotechnology and Emerging Technologies

Improving the energy storage in graphene with defects

May 05, 2015, by Michael BergerNanotechnology and Emerging Technologies
The ability to store and retrieve energy when and where needed is becoming a crucial component of the renewable energy sector. Both batteries and supercapacitors store electrical energy in materials. The former usually have high energy density (i.e. they can hold a lot of energy) and the latter have high-rate discharge capability (i.e. they can release their energy in fast bursts). Read more...