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Find the latest technologies and applications being used in alternative fuels that impact design engineering in the commercial and government, aviation, and automotive sectors.

Q&A : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Q&A: A Circulatory System for Robots

Robert F. Shepherd is Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is leading a team exploring the use of hydraulic fluids in soft robots to also serve as a source of energy.

Blog : Energy
How to Generate Electricity — From Rust
How to Generate Electricity — From Rust

Scientists from Caltech and Northwestern University have found a way to generate electricity by combining saltwater with one of life's more undesirable compounds: rust.

How to Generate Electricity — From Rust
Blog : Energy
Answering Your Questions: What Are My Lithium-Ion Battery Inspection Options?
Answering Your Questions: What Are My Lithium-Ion Battery Inspection Options?
Our readers ask: How do you know that you have the right anode? How can you inspect the electrolyte or electrode material?
Answering Your Questions: What Are My Lithium-Ion Battery Inspection Options?
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Fuel Cell Technology Runs on Solid Carbon
Fuel Cell Technology Runs on Solid Carbon

Whereas hydrogen fuel cells (e.g., proton exchange membrane (PEM) and other fuel cells) generate electricity from the chemical reaction between pure hydrogen and oxygen, direct carbon fuel cells...

Fuel Cell Technology Runs on Solid Carbon
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Thin-Film System Converts Heat from Electronics into Energy
Thin-Film System Converts Heat from Electronics into Energy

Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much of that heat is less than 100 °C and emanates from things like computers, cars, or...

Thin-Film System Converts Heat from Electronics into Energy
News : Test & Measurement
Engineers Develop Concept for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks
Engineers Develop Concept for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks

Heavy-duty trucks, such as the 18-wheelers that transport many of the world's goods from farm or factory to market, are virtually all powered by diesel engines. They account for a...

Engineers Develop Concept for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks
News : Energy
Next-Generation, Low-Cost Stop Sign Improves Driver Safety
Next-Generation, Low-Cost Stop Sign Improves Driver Safety

It's dark on the back road as a motorist speeds toward the intersection. Up ahead, the stop sign blends with the night and in seconds a deadly crash occurs. According to the U.S....

Next-Generation, Low-Cost Stop Sign Improves Driver Safety
News : Electronics & Computers
Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants Synthesized

Engine gears, plane thrusters, refrigerator compressors, wind turbines – the list of important industrial machinery, agricultural equipment, transportation vessels, and home applications that depend on lubricants might be endless. These slick substances quite literally keep the world turning,...

INSIDER : Automotive
Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles
Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the...

Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles
Briefs : Energy
Wood-Based Technology Creates Electricity from Heat

Researchers have transformed a piece of wood into a flexible membrane that generates energy from the same type of electric current (ions) on which the human body runs. This energy is generated using charged channel walls and other unique properties of the wood’s natural nanostructures. With...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
One-Pot Bioconversion of Distiller’s Grains to Advanced Biofuels
One-Pot Bioconversion of Distiller’s Grains to Advanced Biofuels

Increase in bioethanol production throughout the US has led to an increase in the process coproduct — distiller’s grains with solubles (DGS). DGS can be used to feed...

One-Pot Bioconversion of Distiller’s Grains to Advanced Biofuels
Briefs : Energy
Measurement Method for Radioactive Methane

Anew method for measuring radioactive methane is an optical one based on spectroscopy. Previously, radioactive methane has been measured with accelerator mass spectrometry involving expensive machines. Optical measuring could be a cheaper and more agile method.

White Papers : Energy
Power Management Solutions for Alternative Energy

Our new developer kit contains the information and resources you need to make informed product decisions when designing power management systems for alternative energy. Just fill out the contact form and download your kit for immediate access to our complete portfolio of proven products for...

Blog : Energy
High-Speed Jet Mixer Efficiently Turns Algae into Fuel
High-Speed Jet Mixer Efficiently Turns Algae into Fuel
A new technology may lead to a more mainstream use of algal biofuels.
High-Speed Jet Mixer Efficiently Turns Algae into Fuel
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Fuel Cell/Fuel Cell Hybrid System

Fuel cells can deliver clean, reliable, and uninterrupted power nearly 100 percent of the time. Fuel cells offer the advantage of efficiency by converting chemical energy directly to electricity. They have no moving parts, thereby eliminating failures associated with pumps, blowers, heat exchangers, and other...

INSIDER : Transportation
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation

Fuel cells generate electricity directly from hydrogen and oxygen and produce only water vapor as emissions. But most fuel cells are too expensive, inefficient,...

New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation
INSIDER : Energy
Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy
Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis technique...

Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy
Blog : Energy
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
Have you heard of "fatbergs?" Researcher Asha Srinivasan explains how her team is turning masses of fat, oil, and grease into biofuel.
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
INSIDER : Transportation
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer charging times when temperatures drop. The reason: cold temperatures...

EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
Facility Focus : Software
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In 1977, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) started as the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), spurred by national concern during the 1973 oil embargo that caused long lines...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Briefs : Energy
Grid Friendly™ Charger Controller
Grid Friendly™ Charger Controller

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity, and while they represent a cleaner alternative to fossil-fueled vehicles, their increased use may stress the grid if this growing load is left unmanaged. A need...

Grid Friendly™ Charger Controller
Articles : Transportation
3D-Printed Lab on Wheels
3D-Printed Lab on Wheels

Next-generation manufacturing takes on a 50-year-old icon as ORNL researchers transform the classic Shelby Cobra sports car into a 3D-printed laboratory on wheels. Additive manufacturing enables the seamless...

3D-Printed Lab on Wheels
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
High-Voltage Power System for Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion
High-Voltage Power System for Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a variable-frequency, alternating current (AC) power system to enable turbo-electric and hybrid electric...

High-Voltage Power System for Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion
Briefs : Energy
Aluminum as a Fuel
Aluminum as a Fuel

Batteries and combustion engines each have distinctive benefits and limitations. Batteries have simple construction and operate silently; however, their energy density (i.e., the energy per unit volume) is poor, and...

Aluminum as a Fuel
Facility Focus : Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: Argonne National Laboratory
Facility Focus: Argonne National Laboratory

Located in Argonne, IL, Argonne National Laboratory (ARL) is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center. Born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in...

Facility Focus: Argonne National Laboratory
Articles : Energy
Pros & Cons of Advanced Lightweighting Materials
Pros & Cons of Advanced Lightweighting Materials

Although cars have been around for more than a century, the material they are made of (steel) has mostly stayed the same. It has only been in the past few decades that advanced materials...

Pros & Cons of Advanced Lightweighting Materials
Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing
Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing

Exciting new technological innovations are making the planet cleaner, people healthier, food more plentiful, transportation speedier, communication more accessible,...

Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing
Articles : Transportation
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution

Revolutionary changes are driving the mobility industry forward. Explore the next generation of transportation engineering at SAE’s WCX: World Congress Experience from April 10-12 in Detroit, MI....

SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: March 2018
Products of Tomorrow: March 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: March 2018
Blog : Energy
How Will the Rise of Electric Vehicles Impact the Power Grid? An Engineer Simulates the Effects
How Will the Rise of Electric Vehicles Impact the Power Grid? An Engineer Simulates the Effects
An energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used computer simulation to project the impact of in-home charging on the grid.
How Will the Rise of Electric Vehicles Impact the Power Grid? An Engineer Simulates the Effects