Industry News

April 2018
Undersecretary of Energy Menezes Announces $23 Million in New Funding to Advance Marine Energy Technologies
WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Undersecretary of Energy Mark Menezes announced up to $23 million for innovative technologies to reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines of marine energy devices.The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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04/30/2018
'Exceptional' Research Points Way Toward Quantum Discoveries

Rice University scientists used nanotube films and polarized light to strongly couple light and matter progressively and on demand at room temperature. Their discovery of exceptional points in the resulting polaritons could allow researchers to explore novel quantum technologies like advanced information storage or one-dimensional lasers.

HOUSTON - (April 30, 2018) - Rice University scientists are known for exceptional research, but a new paper led by physicist Junichiro Kono makes that point most literally. The discovery of exceptional points in a unique material created by Kono's lab is one of several revelations in a paper that
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04/30/2018
New Catalyst Turns Ammonia Into an Innovative Clean Fuel

CuOx/3A2S selectively produces N2 and H2O from NH3 through a two-step reaction.

Taking measures against climate change and converting into societies that use significant amounts of renewable energy for power are two of the most important issues common to developed countries today. One promising technology in those efforts uses hydrogen (H2) as a renewable energy source. Although
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04/27/2018

Balancing Nuclear and Renewable Energy

Power plants that balance nuclear and renewable energy could increase revenues from electricity markets and reduce variable operating and maintenance costs, according to Argonne scientists.

Nuclear power plants typically run either at full capacity or not at all. Yet the plants have the technical ability to adjust to the changing demand for power and thus better accommodate sources of renewable energy such as wind or solar power. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
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04/26/2018
Cheaper And Easier Way Found to Make Plastic Semiconductors
Cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors will soon be a reality thanks to a breakthrough by chemists at the University of Waterloo. Professor Derek Schipper and his team at Waterloo have developed a way to make conjugated polymers, plastics that conduct electricity like metals, using
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04/25/2018
KAIST Develops Sodium Ion Batteries Using Copper Sulfide

This is the sodiation process of copper sulfide.

A KAIST research team recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries. Professor Jong Min Yuk and Emeritus Professor
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04/17/2018
A Higher-Energy, Safer and Longer-Lasting Zinc Battery
College Park, Md. -- Again establishing the University of Maryland (UMD) as a leader in the development of groundbreaking battery technology, a team led by researchers at UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering has created a water-based zinc battery that
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04/16/2018
Fremont, California – MEAN WELL announces the partnership with Digi-Key Electronics. Digi-Key Electronics now offers a wide range of MEAN WELL power solutions under the new distributor agreement.       “Digi-Key is well-known global stocking distributor. “MEAN WELL team
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04/16/2018
Algae-Forestry, Bioenergy Mix Could Help Make CO2 Vanish From Thin Air
ITHACA, N.Y. - An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists from Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo have an idea that could use that recipe to help power and provide
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04/13/2018
CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Demand for Electric Vehicles Grows

The Critical Materials Institute is launching new research in the processing, use and recycling of materials necessary to EV technology.

As increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements. "The
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04/12/2018
The Thermodynamics of Computing
As steam engines became increasingly widespread in the 19th century, the question soon arose as to how to optimise them. Thermodynamics, the physical theory that resulted from the study of these machines, proved to be an extremely fruitful approach; it is still a central concept in the optimisation of energy
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04/11/2018
New research from the University of Waterloo shows that Canadian small businesses are important- and often overlooked- drivers of sustainability and the green economy. The Waterloo study, led by researcher Sarah Burch, discovered that eight out of 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed are
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04/06/2018
Banking on Sunshine: World Added Far More Solar Than Fossil Fuel Power Generating Capacity in 2017

Global investments in renewable energy of $2.7 trillion from 2007 to 2017 (11 years inclusive) have increased the proportion of world electricity generated by wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, marine and small hydro from 5.2 per cent to 12.1 per cent.

Solar energy dominated global investment in new power generation like never before in 2017. The world installed a record 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity, far more than the net additions of any other technology - renewable, fossil fuel or nuclear. Solar power also attracted far more investment,
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04/06/2018
A New Way to Atomically Thin Materials
Metallic conductivity and hydrophilicity of MXenes have established them as electrodes in rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, as well as other applications, including photothermal cancer therapy, electromagnetic shielding, water purification and gas sensing. In the journal Angewandte Chemie,
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04/04/2018
Non-Toxic Filamentous Virus Helps Quickly Dissipate Heat Generated by Electronic Devices

This image shows (a) phage and (b) hexagonally assembled structures of the phages in the film.

The researcher team of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) discovered that the film constructed by assembling a nontoxic filamentous virus functions as a heat dissipation material, and that can be simply prepared by drying the virus aqueous solution at room temperature. This discovery is expected to elucidate
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04/03/2018
Path to a Booming Australian Solar Thermal Energy Market

A novel solar peaker plant concept presented by Solar Dynamics estimated that a solar peaker plant can be competitive with a fossil fueled peaker at typical capacity payments rates.

A report out from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) this month published responses from industry stakeholders on the viability of a concentrated solar thermal (CST) energy market in Australia: Paving the way for concentrated solar thermal in Australia. Only 5 gigawatts (GW) of CST is
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04/03/2018
High-Speed And on-Silicon-Chip Graphene Blackbody Emitters

Square graphene sheet is connected to source and drain electrodes. Modulated blackbody emission is obtained from graphene by applying input signal.

Graphene is a two-dimensional nanocarbon material, having unique properties in electronic, optical and thermal properties, which can be applied for optoelectronic devices. Graphene-based blackbody emitters are also promising light emitters on silicon chip in NIR and mid-infrared region. However, although graphene-based
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04/03/2018
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –  With the shared mission to launch and ensure success of emerging enterprises seeking to innovate the future of engineering, aviation, aerospace and beyond, Boeing HorizonX has signed on as a Nexus Partner at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park. Boeing
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04/03/2018