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Lithium-Ion Batteries Critical to Mars Spacecraft

Lithium-ion batteries Yardney Technical Products East Greenwich, RI 401-471-6599 www.yardney.com On November 18, 2013, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft was launched into space to begin its ten-month journey to Mars. The spacecraft is being powered by a combination of solar arrays and two advanced, space-qualified, 28-Volt, 55-Ah Yardney lithium-ion batteries.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Energy, Energy Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, Spacecraft

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Face-to-Face Molecular Orientation Improves Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three- dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor. This finding may aid in the design and manufacture of more efficient and economically viable organic solar cell technology.

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Power for Extreme Environments

Specifying the ideal power management solution for remote wireless devices found in extreme environments and hard-to-access locations requires more ruggedized solutions. Fortunately, two viable options are now available: lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCL2) chemistry that can operate for 40+ years, and energy harvesting devices coupled with special rechargeable lithium-ion batteries designed for extreme environments that can deliver up to 20+ years of battery life. Lithium thionyl chloride chemistry is proven for use in extreme environments.

Posted in: Articles, Batteries, Energy, Electronic equipment, Lithium-ion batteries, Electric power

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Mars Technologies Spawn Durable Wind Turbines

A technology built for Mars supports the demand for clean energy on Earth. In the early 1990s, NASA was planning for an extended stay on Mars, and scientists at Ames Research Center were concentrating efforts on creating a complete ecological system to sustain human crew-members during their time on the Red Planet. The group started looking at maximizing energy efficiency and alternative methods to make power on a planet that is millions of miles from Earth. They turned to a hybrid concept combining two renewable sources: wind and solar power technologies. Large surface temperature swings on Mars produce windy conditions; extreme examples are the frequent dust storms that can block nearly all sunlight.

Posted in: Articles, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Wind Power, Sustainable development, Wind power

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Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Over 24 hours from April 4 to 5, six top French design studios conceived and presented new product concepts for urban environments during the Small Spaces Design Hackathon, presented by Cut&Paste in partnership with Hewlett-Packard. In dense city neighborhoods, homes are small and office space is at a premium, so urban dwellers must be more creative in how they use their space. The design concepts were presented at Cyclone Le Studio as part of ZED, HP’s creative popup space.

Posted in: News, Electronics & Computers, PCs/Portable Computers, Power Management, Energy, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging, Lighting, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

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Aircraft Engine Coating Could Triple Service Life and Save Fuel

Researchers at University West in Sweden are using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. In tests, this increased the service life of the coating by 300%. The hope is that motors with the new layers will be in production within two years. The surface layer is sprayed on top of the metal components. Thanks to this extra layer, the engine is shielded from heat. The temperature can also be raised, which leads to increased efficiency, reduced emissions, and decreased fuel consumption.

Posted in: News, Aerospace, Aviation, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Ceramics, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Motion Control, Nanotechnology, Power Transmission

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Switchable Material Absorbs and Stores Sun's Energy

A team at MIT and Harvard University has created a material that absorbs the sun’s heat and stores that energy in chemical form, ready to be released again on demand.The technology provides an opportunity for the expansion of solar power into new realms, specifically applications where heat is the desired output.“It could change the game, since it makes the sun’s energy, in the form of heat, storable and distributable,” says Jeffrey Grossman, the Carl Richard Soderberg Associate Professor of Power Engineering at MIT.SourceAlso: See other Materials tech briefs.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Materials

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