Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center has launched a number of upstart businesses, but breakthrough products have been few and far between. Energy Partners LLC founder and GVSU professor emeritus Jim Wolter thinks ...
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re doodling working circuits, test firing new rocket engines,...
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Telit Wireless Solutions and Digital Matter Telematics have announced that Digital Matter...
This week on WDD's Hotspot, brought to you by National Instruments, a product that combines all of your credit cards into one, easy-to-use device; Jeopardy superstar, Watson returns; the EnOcean Alliance introduces its generic profiles; and an app to help drivers locate alternative fueling stations...
Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to modern solar panels, with inexpensive materials that are configured and tuned to...
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big ...
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung's 3D Vertical-NAND flash memory is fabricated using an innovative vertical interconnect process technology; a surgeon uses live, point-of-view video via Google Glass; a man wants to replace the knife with a scanner in autopsies; and the importance of successful vibration testing.
This week on the WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, understanding heart disease with two cardiovascular monitoring devices, gardening from any Web browser, electronic bag tags for tracking luggage, and a spacecraft that fits in your pocket.
Researchers of MESA+ are the first to successfully create perfect one-dimensional molecular wires of which the electrical conductivity can almost entirely be suppressed by a weak magnetic field at room temperature.
Given the constraints inherent in battery technology, a ubiquitous network of wireless charging stations may offer the best hope for avoiding battery anxiety going forward. Wireless charging hasn’t quite arrived yet, but the technology does provide a seamlessness that could potentially provide end users with power virtually anywhere.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re bending cellphones, electrifying motorcycles, cutting electric vehicle charge time in half, and riding a screw-propelled snowboard. This week's episode features...
Resistive memory cells (ReRAM) are regarded as a promising solution for future generations of computer memories. They will dramatically reduce the energy consumption of modern IT systems while significantly increasing their performance. Unlike the building blocks of conventional hard disk drives and memories...
The storage capacity of concentrating solar power (CSP) can add significant value to a utility company’s optimal mix of energy sources, a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests.
Trade group RenewableUK has said that the offshore wind and marine energy sector could support 88,000 jobs in the UK by 2021, up from approximately 10,600 at present. In order to reach this target the right policies and financial conditions must be in place and, as obvious as it may seem, there will need to be an adequate amount of skilled recruits to fill these jobs.
As we spoke to legislators and activists roaming the halls of the State Capitol this past legislative session, it became increasingly clear that Xcel Energy and other utilities are calling the shots for our energy future. Minnesota spends more than $20 billion a year on energy -- primarily importing polluting fossil fuels -- and the state's utilities typically lobby against decreasing our dependency.
It's no secret that researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) do cool things — including finding new ways to capture energy from the sun and wind. But there's nothing cooler than working on a parking garage, right? "It doesn't sound glamorous, but it is a place for building energy savings," NREL Energy Efficiency Research Engineer Jennifer Scheib said.
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney recently stated how each would "get tough" with China. This reminded me of a conversation with economists I had in Vice President Biden's office several years ago. We discussed how to put together the president's stimulus proposal and the possibility of using clean tech programs — solar, wind, batteries and others — as one of the lynchpins of the program.
The blips of a heart monitor, the hum of an MRI, the intense lights of a surgical room: all can bring both comfort and fear — and all require a lot of power. But new hospitals are being filled with natural, calming light and are leveraging energy from the sun and earth to power the machines, instruments, and tools medical professionals use to help patients recover.
For every revolutionary advance in solar, there are countless evolutionary dead-ends — technologies that were well worth exploring, but ones that ultimately failed to live up to the mantra of "cut costs or die." These are the Solyndras of the world. Their science may have raised the bar, but ultimately they were judged by the market, which measures the bar on cost alone.
Ask most people to describe vanguard energy technology, and they’ll name LED lights, certain forms of solar energy and new electric storage methods. But how about this — generating energy from a living body? The Journal of the American Chemical Society is reporting a “real-life scientific tail of the first electrified snail.
The WindFi basestation was initially designed to address issues of rural broadband in the mountainous, undulating and remote terrain of the Scottish Highlands & Islands in communities where fibre or xDSL access is not available. Using open source software, GIS tools, and driven by the broadband needs of rural communities, whole new business models are enabled by WindFi.
For years, third world ranchers have been using methane from manure to run electrical generators down on the farm. This clean-burning biogas is not only a good local fuel in countries with little or no infrastructure, now even countries like the U.S. are reaping energy from this foul-smelling source.
The sun is shining on homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods who are discovering they can afford solar energy after all — by leasing rather than buying the panels on their roofs. Kyle Travis (left) and Jon Jackson (right) of Lighthouse Solar install microcrystalline PV modules on top of Kevin Donovan's townhome in Arvada, Colorado.
Transmission system operators must assess precisely the supply of electricity from renewable energies for the next day in order to market this electricity on the European Power Exchange (EPEX) as effectively as possible. The sharply fluctuating supply of solar and wind energy makes reliable forecasts even more difficult.
So, you want to put solar on your roof. You're part of the 94 percent of Americans who think it's important for the nation to develop solar energy, as evidenced by the SCHOTT Solar Barometer, a nationally representative survey conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research. You call several companies for quotes, and come to find out – a residential solar system is a bit more than you can afford, and your excitement to join the solar cause is diminished.
by Jonathan Cheszes, Navigant The increase in utility scale wind development across North America has and continues to change the energy supply mix in many jurisdictions. Driven primarily by state-level renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirements and clean air regulation, state and provincial supply mixes once dominated by coal, hydro nuclear and natural gas are now becoming more diverse.
Scotland’s energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced a new £103m investment fund designed to drive the growth of renewable energy in the country. The Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) will initially focus on supporting communities and rural businesses to develop their own local renewable projects on supporting district heating and on supporting wave and tidal developers with the development and deployment of array projects.
The prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize has been awarded to Miles C. Barr for his innovative solar technologies and creativity. Barr received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice in 2008.
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