Energy

Coming Soon - Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

This 60-minute Webinar examines this crucial aspect of the evolving transportation infrastructure, exploring how the energy grid works and its current limitations, the risks that must be mitigated to provide for an electric-centric transportation model, and the steps necessary to ensure the grid is ready to support high volumes of fully electric vehicles. It also addresses the importance of managed charging, smart home energy management, and the integration of stationary commercial energy storage.

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New Solar Power Receivers are Better at Absorbing Sunlight

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.

Posted in: INSIDER, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power
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Asphalt Helps Batteries Charge Faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to creating high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. In addition, the asphalt-containing batteries do not catch fire or explode, and manufacturing is simplified.

Posted in: INSIDER, Energy Efficiency
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Body Energy as a Power Source

Smartphones, fitness trackers, and medical equipment have a constant hunger for power. The solution: power supply by means of energy produced by body movements. Two systems that meet this requirement were developed. One design uses body weight during walking, and the other generator can be worn on the wrist like a wristwatch.

Posted in: INSIDER, Energy, Energy Efficiency
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A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance

In a report published in October, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNCTs) to advance the thermoelectric performance of organic semiconductors. The carbon nanotube thin films, they said, could ultimately be integrated into fabrics to convert waste heat into electricity or serve as a small power source.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Thermoelectrics, Composites, Materials, Semiconductors & ICs
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Products of Tomorrow: November 2017

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 innovation.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Batteries, Energy Storage, Fluid Handling, Implants & Prosthetics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Robotics
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Advanced Engine Cooling: Inventors Go Under the Hood to Give Old Trucks a Boost

What happens when you replace a truck’s fan assembly with an electric fan system? You increase horsepower, reduce under-hood temperature, and become a winner in the 2017 “Create the Future” Design Contest.

Posted in: News, Automotive, Energy, Energy Efficiency
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Will transparent solar technologies supply a significant amount of US energy?

Today's lead INSIDER story features a report on transparent solar cell technology. The authors believe see-through solar cells have the potential of supplying approximately 40 percent of U.S. energy demands. What do you think? Will transparent solar technologies supply a significant amount of US energy?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
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Researchers See a Bright Future for ‘See-Through’ Solar Cells

Michigan State University researchers say a new transparent solar panel technology is right outside your door. Or more precisely: inside your window. The completely clear innovation could deliver up to 40% of U.S. power.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
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Will conformal batteries improve electronics design?

Today’s lead INSIDER story featured a conformal battery that bends to meet specific device shapes. What do you think?

Will conformal batteries improve electronics design?

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