Industry News

September 2020
Quieter Wind Beneath the Wings
A new simulation approach has enabled a first practical, and highly accurate, computation of the noise characteristics of complex three-dimensional airfoil designs under extreme operating conditions. By shortening simulations that would have taken months or weeks to run to just days or hours, the new approach co
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09/28/2020

Wind Forecasts Power up for Reliable Energy Production

Map of hourly wind speed over Saudi Arabia in June 2010 from the WRF simulated data. From just a few monitoring locations, the team was able to efficiently compute a full forecast distribution to construct maps of wind speed for all of Saudi Arabia at high spatial resolution for up to several hours ahead.

Optimizing the integration of wind energy into a country's power network requires reliable forecasts of how wind speed and direction are likely to vary in time and space over the pending few hours. KAUST researchers have now developed a statistical model that provides the best forecasts yet for wind conditions acr
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09/28/2020
Single-Atom Catalysts for High-Temperature Fuel Cells

Conceptual diagram of single atom catalyst developed by KIST researchers

Unlike secondary batteries that need to be recharged, fuel cells are a type of eco-friendly power generation systems that produce electricity directly from electrochemical reactions using hydrogen as fuel and oxygen as oxidant. There are various types of fuel cells, differing in operating temperatures and electrolyte ma
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09/28/2020
New Storage Battery more Efficient and Heat-Resistant

Test setup at CEEC Jena to develop novel active materials for redox flow batteries.

The share of energy from renewable sources is constantly on the rise in Germany. At the beginning of 2020, for the first time ever, renewable energy was able to cover more than half of the electricity consumed in Germany. But the more important renewable energy sources become, the more urgent is the need to st
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09/28/2020
Shielded flat-wire coil
This coil is designed for high-efficiency DC/DC converters in automotive applications. The characteristic features of this flat-wire coil with its MnZn core are its high rated current (IR 38-47 A) and a high saturation performance. At an RDC value of 0.6 to 1.1 Ω, its resistance is lower than that of comparable c
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09/27/2020
TT Electronics to Acquire Torotel, Expanding in US Mil/Aero
TT Electronics announces it has agreed to acquire Torotel, a US-based designer and manufacturer of high-reliability power and electromagnetic assemblies and components for the aerospace and defense markets. The acquisition is one of several, recent demonstrations of TT’s commitment to continued investment in
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09/17/2020
CDM Electronics Ships 1,000,000th Value-Added Cable Assembly
CDM Electronics announced the shipment of the 1,000,000th value-added cable assembly from its Turnersville, NJ headquarters.  The facility, which notably houses the Company’s  state-of-the-art Quality Engineering and Test Laboratory , confirms value-added assemblies and box builds comply with virtuall
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09/16/2020
ACEINNA Makes it Easy for Robot Developers to add Navigation
ACEINNA announced the availability of their new ACEINNA OpenIMUROS Driver for developers of robots and robotic applications. “This new ROS driver makes it simple to integrate a wide variety of ACEINNA IMUs (Inertial Measurement Unit sensors) into almost any robotics applications (warehouse robotics, autonomou
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09/15/2020
Designing the First Public, Statewide 'Internet of Things'
Cornell University engineers and researchers are designing the nation's first statewide Internet of Things public infrastructure. Thanks to a $1.5 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, Cornell faculty will collaborate with community partners around New York - through Cornell Cooperative Extension
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09/14/2020
Understanding Electron Transport in Graphene Nanoribbons
Graphene is a modern wonder material possessing unique properties of strength, flexibility and conductivity whilst being abundant and remarkably cheap to produce, lending it to a multitude of useful applications - especially true when these 2D atom-thick sheets of carbon are split into narrow strips known as Gr
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09/11/2020
Omron Expands Safety Offering with Visual Lockout/Tagout
Omron Automation Americas has partnered with Brady Corporation to add dedicated service offerings for lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures and arc flash risk mitigation to further help manufacturers maintain compliance and protect their employees. These new services are part of Omron’s commitment to providing hol
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09/10/2020
EVs Push Battery Prices Down, Help w/ Energy Transition
Energy storage systems (ESS) installations linked to the electricity grid and ancillary services will witness rapid growth in the coming two to three years because of their increasing number of applications and the falling cost of systems due to electric vehicle (EV) development. Key drivers are increased variable re
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09/09/2020
Boundaries no Barrier for Thermoelectricity

Using a novel optical detection system that heats nanoscale gold wires with a single laser, researchers at Rice University showed electricity generated by temperature differences is not affected measurably by grain boundaries, while strain and other defects in the material change the thermoelectric response.

Though the Summer Olympics were postponed, there's at least one place to see agile hurdlers go for the gold. You just need a way to view these electron games. Using a novel optical detection system, researchers at Rice University found that electricity generated by temperature differences doesn't appear to
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09/08/2020
Funding Flows into Liquid Fuel Strategy

Rice University engineer Haotian Wang is awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation collaborative grant for the development of methods to convert carbon dioxide into liquid fuels.

Rice University engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2 million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how waste carbon dioxide, the bane of Earth's atmosphere, can be directly converted into pure liquid fue
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09/08/2020
Lightweight Green Supercapacitors Could do a Quick Charge

A prototype of the green supercapacitor made by Dr. Hong Liang's team.

In a new study, researchers at Texas A&M University have described their novel plant-based energy storage device that could charge even electric cars within a few minutes in the near future. Furthermore, they said their devices are flexible, lightweight and cost-effective. "Integrating biomaterials into ener
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09/08/2020
Energy-Efficient Design for mmWave-enabled NOMA-UAV Networks

Illustration of the mmWave-enabled NOMA-UAV network.

Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) and millimeter-wave (mmWave) are two crucial techniques of 5G to meet the explosive capacity demands. On the other hand, UAVs deployed as aerial base stations are potential to provide ubiquitous coverage and satisfy users' multifarious requirements due to their flexibility and
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09/02/2020
Hydrogen Vehicles Might Soon Become the Global Norm
Roughly one billion cars and trucks zoom about the world's roadways. Only a few run on hydrogen. This could change after a breakthrough achieved by researchers at the University of Copenhagen. The breakthrough? A new catalyst that can be used to produce cheaper and far more sustainable hydrogen powered vehicles. Hydrogen vehicles a
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09/02/2020
A Molecular Approach to Quantum Computing

An illustration showing a molecule in a state of superposition.

The technology behind the quantum computers of the future is fast developing, with several different approaches in progress. Many of the strategies, or "blueprints," for quantum computers rely on atoms or artificial atom-like electrical circuits. In a new theoretical study in the journal Physical Review
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09/02/2020
Next-Gen Zinc Ion Battery w/out Risk of Explosion or Fire

Dendrite-free "functionalized ZnO layer" coated on a Zn hexagonal pyramid core.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has announced that a research team led by Dr. Joong-Kee Lee of the Center for Energy Storage Research had developed a next-generation secondary battery that uses zinc metal as an electrode without any risk of explosion or fire. This battery is safe enough to
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09/02/2020
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