Electronics & Computers

Power-Assist Control Interface for Wheelchairs

This technology monitors input and effort, and instantly adapts the device to real-world conditions.A computer-controlled, programmable control interface allows safe, intuitive manual control for motorized wheelchairs that operate in variable terrain. The key feature of this technology is its proprietary computer program that enables an operator to manage a load as if it were light and on a smooth level surface, no matter what the real-world load or grade is. Operation is completely intuitive and does not require manipulation of throttle and/or brakes.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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Hybrid Energy System

The 5 kW Genverter diesel generator/inverter from WhisperPower (Drachten, The Netherlands) has lower noise levels, fewer emissions, and reduced energy consumption compared to currently available energy systems. The diesel generator only runs when a certain amount of energy is required.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Products, GDM

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Paving the Way for Electromobility

Fraunhofer researchers are engineering wheel hub motors, which are integrated into a car's wheels, and could become the accepted drive concept for electric vehicles. The scientists are testing these and several other components on the "Frecc0," their demonstration vehicle.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors

New large cell prismatic electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC) from Ioxus (Oneonta, NY) are for transportation and utility applications and are lower in cost for the overall system design. The 1,000-, 3,000-, and 5,000-Farad (F) ultracapacitors are smaller in size, with increased energy and power density, compared to products of other industry players.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Products, GDM

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Revolution in Fasteners Helps Bridge the Gap 
to Greener Vehicles

With auto sales down as much as 40 percent, it can feel to some like the industry is coming apart. But a "revolution in fasteners" may soon help bridge the gap to greener vehicles, while increasing sales and lowering recall and warranty rates.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation, Articles, Features, GDM

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System Provides Hybrid Electric Autos With Power to Spare

A new PHEV traction drive power electronics system provides more power than typical freestanding portable generators, and can be used in emergency situations such as power outages and roadside breakdowns or leisure occasions such as camping.

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Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, Transportation, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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