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Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

Our lead INSIDER story featured an experiment from Tel Aviv University that supports the idea of water vapor as an alternative energy source.

What do you think? Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

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Question of the Week: Transportation
Will On-Demand Octane Improve Fuel Economy?

A video on Tech Briefs TV this month demonstrated a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory technology that enables on-demand octane by portioning ethanol from gasoline. PNNL researchers believe their invention could increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do you agree? Watch the video...

Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Method Turns Trash Into Graphene
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Ultrasonic System to Assess Compartment Syndrome
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
A team at Northwestern University is developing a material so porous that if you were able to unfold a gram of it, you could go farther than a football field.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Products of Tomorrow: April 2020
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
A wearable energy harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.

When electric vehicles end their life, the remaining storage capacity of the lithium battery is expected to be higher than 70%. After this, they can be reused for less demanding...

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever Recharge Electric Batteries As Quickly As We Get Gas?

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning-based method that cuts battery testing times by 98 percent. The team says that their A.I. technique could lead to a future where an electric battery is recharged in the time it takes to stop at a gas station. Watch...

The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2020
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Rain Become a Viable Energy Source?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the power of a droplet energy generator – specifically the system’s ability to light up 100 LEDs with just a small amount of water.

An energy breakthrough from the City University of Hong Kong finds power in a single drop of water – up to 140 volts, in fact.
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.

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