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Silicon Strategy Shows Promise for Lithium-ion Batteries

Scientists from Rice University and Lockheed Martin have discovered a way to use simple silicon to radically increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries. The researchers are confident that cheap, plentiful silicon combined with ease of manufacture could help push their idea into the mainstream.

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

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LED Driver for Automotive Headlamps

ROHM Semiconductor (San Diego, CA) introduces the Model BD8381EFV-M high-brightness LED driver for automotive forward illumination applications. With this flexible IC, designers can specify the same driver for use in high-beam, low-beam, and daytime running light (DRL) circuits.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, Transportation, Products, GDM

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Microscopy Technique Reveals Lithium-Ion Battery Functionality

As industries and consumers seek improved battery power sources, a new microscopy technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers is providing a novel perspective on how lithium-ion batteries function.

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Synthetic Fuel Research Underway

Purdue University researchers have developed a facility aimed at learning precisely how coal and biomass are broken down in reactors called gasifiers as part of a project to strengthen the scientific foundations of the synthetic fuel economy.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Biomass, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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New, Inexpensive Catalyst Boosts Oxygen Production for Home Energy Systems

The era of personalized energy systems — in which individual homes and small businesses produce their own energy for heating, cooling, and powering cars — took another step toward forward as MIT scientists have discovered a powerful new catalyst that is a key element in such a system.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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High Efficiency Power Manager

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC4098-3.6, an autonomous high efficiency power manager, ideal diode controller, and battery charger for 1-cell Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries used in portable devices.

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Bio-Based Process for Producing Fuel Additive

A new bio-based method for producing a much-used fuel additive and industrial chemical, which is currently made from petroleum products, has been developed by an Iowa State University researcher.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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