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At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps to deploy solar technology

May 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Calling it the right thing to do for America's bottom line, President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday by companies, local governments and his own administration to deploy solar technology, showcasing steps to combat climate change that don't require consent from a disinclined Congress....

Advance brings 'hyperbolic metamaterials' closer to reality

May 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials," ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells.

Unified superconductors possible with improved materials

May 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by SISSA | News | Comments

Superconductors are promising materials, with applications ranging from medicine to transport.  Unfortunately, though, their use is for the time being limited to the very low temperatures (close to absolute zero) necessary for superconductivity to occur.

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USABC Reissues RFPI for development of advanced, high performance batteries for 48-V HEV applications

May 14, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has reissued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for the development of advanced high-performance batteries for 48-volt mild-hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications.

How to Avoid Conducted EMI Problems – Part II

May 14, 2014 9:50 am | by Brian King, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Following these four basic tips can help ease your pain when it comes to EMI compliance.  Of course, the topic of EMI is a broad one, and there are many other tips that could be mentioned. Recall that in Part I of our discussion, we focused on what happens when...

How To: Improve power factor and THD using DFF control

May 13, 2014 10:56 am | by Bosheng Sun | Blogs | Comments

For decades, average current-mode control has been used in power factor correction (PFC), and various PFC control chips that employ this control algorithm can be found in the commercial market. The performance of average current-mode control is often considered adequate for most commercial power applications with 50/60 Hz AC line input. However...

Second Energy Storage India Conference & Expo to be held in December 2014

May 13, 2014 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The structural realignment of the energy infrastructure in India is the focus of the 2nd ENERGY STORAGE INDIA Conference & Expo, taking place from December 4 - 5, 2014 in New Delhi. With the main focus on new technologically and economically viable energy storage and microgrid technologies, the Conference & Expo will systematically present a selection of

Quadriplegic races 'Vette with help from AF Performance Lab

May 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Ted Theopolos, U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

Human performance technologies developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, along with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., were on display here May 6 as quadriplegic Sam Schmidt, a former Indy Racing League driver, got back behind the wheel once again. The test took place on the 7,500 foot runway just south of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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Filters offer high interstion loss performance

May 12, 2014 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

To prevent the covert interrogation of conducted lines, MPE Ltd of Liverpool, UK, has long specialised in the design and manufacture of TEMPEST specification filters, in both standard and custom formats, that offer high insertion loss performance across a very wide frequency spectrum. Now the company has launched a new range of convenient, plug-in TEMPEST filters in 1-, 2- and 4-socket and inline versions.

Flexible supercapacitor raises bar for volumetric energy density

May 12, 2014 8:59 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Scientists have taken a large step toward making a fiber-like energy storage device that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors, communications equipment or other small electronics. The device is a supercapacitor—a cousin to the battery. This one packs an interconnected network of graphene and carbon nanotubes so...

Fueling aviation with hardwoods

May 8, 2014 4:51 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A key challenge in the biofuels landscape is to get more advanced biofuels—fuels other than corn ethanol and vegetable oil-based biodiesel—into the transportation pool. Utilization of advanced biofuels is stipulated by the Energy Independence and Security Act; however, current production levels lag behind proposed targets.

NASA tests alternative jet fuel

May 8, 2014 4:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA took to the skies this week - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

Connecters designed for harsh environment automotive needs

May 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces the ruggedized Imperium™ High-Voltage/High-Current (HVHC) Connector System, a high voltage and amperage solution that delivers reliable performance even in the most extreme shock and vibration conditions found in today’s commercial vehicles.

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Photos of the Day: Solar car maxes out at 93mph

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this April 30, 2014 photo, Qazvin Azad University students assemble the rectangular Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, in Qazvin, Iran. The Havin-2 drove for tests alongside slightly larger gas-powered motor vehicles outside the capital, Tehran, ahead of the eight-day, 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) race that will take it from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis.

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

May 2014: Portable Power

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.

Offshore Wind Project Loses $47M Grant

May 8, 2014 9:19 am | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A University of Maine-led effort to build an offshore wind pilot project was dealt a significant blow Wednesday when it failed to a win a competition for a $47 million federal grant, expected to be a key source of funding. The U.S. Department of Energy's decision to pass over the Maine Aqua Ventus project for the grant means an uncertain future for the proposal...

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Tornado-stricken town rebuilds with clean energy

May 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a mammoth tornado wiped out most of this rural Kansas community in 2007, supporters of clean energy in the state seized on an unusual opportunity to rebuild a town from the ground up with the latest green technology. They came up with...

Xcel, Solar Groups Agree on State Incentives

May 7, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Xcel Energy and two solar industry groups have made a joint interim proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday. In announcing their agreement a day before...

These wind turbines will blow you away

May 7, 2014 10:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Michael Jordan used to say that talent won games but teamwork and intelligence won championships. He had the Chicago Bulls in mind, but he could have been talking about wind turbines. When wind turbines harness breeze, they let out an uneven...

Discovery offers new possibilities for clean energy research

May 7, 2014 10:02 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit." This new material is better...

GE Offer for Alstom Not Good Enough

May 6, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal. The $17 billion bid for Alstom's...  

Taking the Lead Out of a Promising Solar Cell

May 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made easily using...

Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

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