Crash-Resistant Battery Housing for Electric Cars
Posted in Building Technologies, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Transportation, News, GDM on Thursday, 06 October 2011
Fraunhofer scientists working on electronic drives have replaced a battery box for lithium-ion batteries with a lightweight component. Not only does the housing save weight and sustain no damage in an accident – for the first time ever, it can also be mass-produced.
Thermal Energy Harvesting Enables Wireless Sensor Deployment
Posted in Waste-to-Energy, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Thermoelectrics, Energy Harvesting, Energy, News, Products, GDM on Monday, 26 September 2011
Marlow Industries (Dallas, TX) has introduced the EverGen series of thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices, offering a zero-maintenance power solution for wireless sensor applications. EverGen thermal energy harvesters power wireless sensors without a battery, reducing replacement costs.
MUTE: The Efficient City Car
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM on Wednesday, 14 September 2011
MUTE, an electric vehicle from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), is an agile, sporty two-seater for regional road traffic. Its lithium-ion battery is designed to guarantee a range of at least 100 kilometers. When needed, a zinc-air battery serves as a range extender.
Boost for Energy Storage Systems
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Smart Grid, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM on Monday, 12 September 2011
Batteries could get an upgrade from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovery that increases power, energy density, and safety while reducing charge time. The results could also have significance for applications in stationary energy storage systems for solar and wind power, and for smart grids.
Human Gait to Power Portable Electronics
Posted in Pollution, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy, News, GDM on Friday, 26 August 2011
Engineering researchers Tom Krupenkin and J. Ashley Taylor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new energy-harvesting technology that could reduce our dependence on batteries and instead capture the energy of human motion to power portable electronics.
New Supercapacitor Offers Robust, Versatile Energy Storage
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM on Monday, 22 August 2011
Rice University researchers have created a solid-state, nanotube-based supercapacitor that combines the best qualities of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors in a device suitable for extreme environments. Potential uses span on-chip nanocircuitry to entire power plants.
Hybrid Solar System For Rooftop Hydrogen
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM on Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke University engineer Nico Hotz proposes a hybrid option in which sunlight heats a combination of water and methanol in a maze of glass tubes on a rooftop. After two catalytic reactions, the system produces hydrogen that can be stored and used on demand in fuel cells.

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