Batteries
Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies and the Automotive Industry
Posted in Videos, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM on Wednesday, 25 November 2009
A lecture from Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division covers some promising materials research efforts that are expected to lead to improved battery technology. Mark Verbrugge, the director of the Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab at General Motors' Research & Development Center, discusses the research.
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Smartphone Application Sheds Light on Power Consumption
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, Products, GDM on Monday, 23 November 2009
PowerTutor, a new application developed by researchers at the University of Michigan for the Android smartphone, shows users how much power their applications are consuming. PowerTutor shows in real time how four different phone components use power: the screen, the network interface, the processor, and the GPS receiver.
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Japan Wins Australia's Global Green Challenge
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM on Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The "Tokai Challenger" solar car from Japan's Tokai University won the 3,000 kilometer Global Green Challenge race down the center of Australia. The Tokai Challenger maintained an average speed of over 100 kilometers per hour, or about 62 miles per hour, besting the winner of the previous four races - the Dutch Nuon Solar Team.
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Transparent Insulating Film Could Enable Energy-Efficient Displays
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM on Monday, 09 November 2009
Johns Hopkins materials scientists have found a new use for a chemical compound traditionally viewed as an electrical conductor (a substance that allows electricity to flow through it). By orienting the compound differently, the researchers have turned it into a thin film insulator, which blocks the flow of electricity but can induce large electric currents elsewhere.
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Thin-film Thermal Charger
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Thermoelectrics, Energy, News, Products, GDM on Thursday, 05 November 2009
Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) and Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (Denver, CO) offer a thermal charger that can continuously recharge the IPS THINERGYTM Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) using an eTEG thermoelectric power generator from Nextreme. Storing energy harvested from waste heat using thermoelectrics enables an alternative energy source for various autonomous applications.
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Harvesting Energy from Regular, Day-to-Day Motions
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Energy, Hydroelectric Power, News, GDM on Friday, 30 October 2009
Duke University engineers have developed a novel approach that they believe can more efficiently harvest electricity from the motions of everyday life. Although motion is an abundant source of energy, only limited success has been achieved because the devices used only perform well over a narrow band of frequencies.
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Battery Battle
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM on Thursday, 08 October 2009
A new type of redox flow battery from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) offers an advantage for electric cars. If the rechargeable batteries are low, the discharged electrolyte fluid can simply be exchanged at the gas station for recharged fluid – as easy as refilling the gas tank.
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