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A significant portion of the petroleum consumed by the transport sector must be replaced in the long term by renewable energy. Therefore, it is of the utmost economic and ecological importance to optimise the production of biofuels from renewable raw materials.
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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its first appearance in Washington this week and is scheduled for delivery to Air New Zealand in 2013. The Jetsurf Board is a gas-powered surfboard that can move at up 35 mph. It has a 100-cc gas engine, and the board is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar.
Fast-charging technologies are driving the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) recharging market, with the cumulative number of stations established worldwide expanding by a factor of more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020, according to a new report from IHS Automotive, part of IHS.
Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market launch of the Endevco model 7253D triaxial Isotron accelerometer designed for applications requiring the measurement of shock and vibration simultaneously in three mutually perpendicular axes.
Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Associate Editor Melissa Barnes for being such a great sport!
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Boeing's impressive laser weapon system: Boeing recently announced that its Thin Disk Laser system has achieved unexpected levels of power and efficiency, bringing the concept of laser weaponry one step closer to the battlefield.
American Sensor Technologies has received ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) Type Approval for its pressure instrumentation. Through a factory audit of its New Jersey manufacturing facility, ABS confirmed AST’s manufacturing site, quality management system and conformance to ABS standards.
Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....
Vented versions of Macro Sensors CD 375 Series of Miniature AC-Operated LVDT Position Sensors withstand high pressures and temperatures in applications where space is at a premium and the environment is hostile. As the coil assembly of the sensor is vented to equalize pressure inside and outside the LVDT linear position sensor...
Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump. Bottom-up solutions need to scale to make an impact.
In a story that has everyone talking, Elon Musk of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and Space X fame has announced his newest plan for revamping the world of public transportation. The system is called Hyperloop and it would allow passengers to travel the 350 miles from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes.
TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a
Honeywell announced that it has launched new customizable pressure and thermal sensor solutions – including modules with multiple sensors and technologies integrated inside. Heaters, magnetic, Magneto-resistive, infrared, optical, pressure, thermal, and humidity options are all available for customization.
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet
Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
The GCBC Series is a current sensor for PCB mounting and is the smallest and lightest in the industry. Use of a proprietary high-sensitivity magnetic sensor element (GMR element) eliminates the need for a core to concentrate magnetic flux, enabling compact dimensions of 13.4 × 15.7 × 7.2mm (W×D×H) and weight of 3g.
In this week's headlines: AquaTop Display brings immersive entertainment to your bathroom: Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are exploring new territory in the field of natural user interface design with their AquaTop Display.
Mike Kabala, ECN Reader The next advance in NFC will be in the area of multi-factor authentication. The current forerunner in this area is the Yubikey Neo, which contains both USB and NFC interfaces. Further advancement should eliminate the need for the USB connection, allowing a contact-free way of generating a one-time password for use in authentication.
V.Kadal Amutham, Reader: Already many countries are implementing mobile payment for ticketing in the bus / train and purchases at stores avoiding credit cards.Another possibility for this technology is as follows. The mobile phone will store any personal data like, size of cloth, preferred brand of many household items.
Should you use primary batteries or energy harvesting for your low power isolated from the grid application? Are primary batteries better or worse than energy harvesting? Can you use one or the other or do you need both? Neither? It is an interesting question depending on the application, the power required, and the costs involved.
Saelig Company has introduced the PP877 Three-Axis Accelerometer, which includes a signal conditioning interface suitable for any 3-input oscilloscope, but is especially suited to Pico Technology's four-channel PC oscilloscope adapters.
In this week's headlines: NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station to be used for printing spare parts and tools. BMW has its first all-electric hatchback called the i3. The car offers an 80 to 100 mile range and multiple eco-friendly, low energy options.
The market for residential photovoltaic (PV) energy storage systems is expected to boom in the coming years, with cumulative installations amounting to 2.5 gigawatts (GW) by 2017, equivalent to the solar power that could be generated by more than 600,000 homes.