It has been rumoured for a long time, but Apple has finally confirmed that it does throttle the performance of older phones after software updates, but the reasons given very much concern power engineering – Apple uses power management technology to reduce the power draw from older batteries. In a statement
The world’s first truly solar-powered train is ready to serve a small line in Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company restored a vintage 1949 NSW train and retrofitted it with solar panels and an on-board battery bank.
The market for energy scavenged from the environment is buoyant at the moment due to the demand for self powered sensor clusters for Internet of Things applications. Sensors are being placed in areas where it would be hard to connect to the mains or replace batteries, so drawing energy from the environment is
For better or worse, the pending Senate and House Bills will have a monumental impact on renewable energy. The House version proposes more draconian cuts, but even the Senate edition – which largely protects renewable energy – could trim clean energy investments.
The controversial legislation
One week on and having had some time to reflect, I’m still blown away with what I saw at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg and how those innovations will carry over, not just in manufacturing, but in the real world too. Last week
Chemists at the University of Bristol have demonstrated a viable new butanol mixture using common, everyday beer. The team managed to convert the ethanol in America’s favorite adult beverage into usable biofuel.
Traditionally, ethanol doesn’t make a good biofuel because of the former’s low energy
It’s the size of an American football field, can power 30,000 homes, and owes its existence to a high-stakes wager between two billionaires. It’s the world’s largest battery array, and the government of South Australia