Industry News

October 2020
A New Spin on Atoms Gives Glimpse into Quantum Weirdness

Artist's rendering of a method of measuring and controlling quantum spins developed at Princeton University.

When atoms get extremely close, they develop intriguing interactions that could be harnessed to create new generations of computing and other technologies. These interactions in the realm of quantum physics have proven difficult to study experimentally due the basic limitations of optical microscopes. Now a team of
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10/30/2020

AVX Joins the SPE Industrial Partner Network
AVX Corporation has joined the SPE Industrial Partner Network, a global association of companies dedicated to promoting Single-Pair Ethernet technology as the basis for the rapid and effective expansion of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Single-Pair Ethernet (SPE) technology is much more than a simple collection of new electronic connectors and cabling solutions. It’s an entirely new architecture for data and power-over-data-line (PoDL) transmission that enables the rapid, reliable, and simultaneous delivery of both remote power and Et
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10/30/2020
Sun is Bright in Alliant Energy's Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint
Today, Alliant Energy introduces the Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa, a path for accelerating their transition to cleaner energy for customers. The Blueprint outlines the company’s plans to increase the use of renewable resources, including solar power, add more battery storage and build out the connected en
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10/30/2020
AI Teachers Must Communicate Well to be Accepted
The increase in online education has allowed a new type of teacher to emerge ¬-- an artificial one. But just how accepting students are of an artificial instructor remains to be seen. That's why researchers at the University of Central Florida's Nicholson School of Communication and Media are working to examine
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10/30/2020
Hybrid Car Championship to use Delta Motorsport Battery
The high-profile British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has been a tradition since 1958 and is a great spectacle of 30+ highly-engineered road cars battling to win. In 2022 the championship will add a new dimension and will become the world’s first major touring car championship to feature high-performance mi
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10/30/2020
First High-Speed EV Charging Hub Comes to Jefferson County
New York State unveiled the first fast-charging hub for electric vehicles (EV) today in Jefferson County. The Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) hub at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown is the second set of 150 kW units completed as part of a statewide EVolve NY charging network being installed along key travel corridors and in urban areas to encourage travelers to drive EVs. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) initiative makes charging quick and convenient and helps achieve Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious statewide clean energy goals that include reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. “Electric vehicles should be a realistic option in every region of New York State and drivers should know they can charge up quickly and get to their destinations on time,” said NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones. “The installation of high-speed charging stat
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10/30/2020
Enginuity E|ONE Engine Achieves Fuel Efficiency Milestone
Enginuity Power Systems announced that its 0.5L natural-gas fuel engine achieved 30% efficiency during third-party testing. The company also announced it is on track to achieve its target of a minimum 38% efficiency, making it the best in its class. The U.S. designed and built engine features Enginuity’s patented
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10/29/2020
New Report Finds US Leading Push for Digital Engineering
A new report by Asite has found the United States is leading the push for the global adoption of digital engineering. Joining its counterparts in the United Kingdom, Australia, the European Union, Hong Kong, and India, the United States has been noted as a driver for the adoption of digital engineering technique
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10/28/2020
U.S. Power Industry Transitions After Energy Demand Losses
The COVID-19 pandemic has had extreme consequences for the U.S. power industry, including a substantial reduction in energy demand and intensified supply-side competition. Combined with the demand losses recorded in 2019, the industry will have shed the equivalent of a decade of growth. And while the industry mi
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10/27/2020
Scout Clean Energy Constructs 130 MW Bitter Ridge Wind Farm
Scout Clean Energy has completed construction and successfully closed tax equity funding for the 130 Megawatt (MW) Bitter Ridge Wind Farm located in Jay County, Indiana. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners ("Quinbrook"). Scout commenced greenfield development of Bitter
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10/27/2020
Disinfection System Could Neutralize COVID-19 in Minutes

A disinfection system that could neutralize COVID-19 in a few minutes is developed.

Cedrión, a company supported by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has designed a disinfection system that could neutralise COVID-19 in just over ten minutes. The system uses atmospheric plasma to disinfect spaces and surfaces and neutralises almost all airborne bacteria and viruses. The disinfect
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10/27/2020
Ecolab Completes Equipment Installation via Mixed Reality

Ecolab Field Representative Daniel Reed shows off the mixed reality headset that enabled the remotely-guided PURATE installations.

With COVID-19 reducing in-person access to energy plants around the world, Ecolab is using new digital solutions to deliver its water, energy and sanitization solutions. Ecolab used mixed reality to guide the installation of PURATE chlorine dioxide generators at multiple facilities for one of the largest in
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10/26/2020
NFPA Receives DOE Award to Help Encourage EV Adoption
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help drive community preparedness for electric vehicle (EV) growth in the U.S. NFPA will oversee the three-year project in partnership with the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Ve
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10/26/2020
Renesas and Sequans to Collaborate on 5G/4G Cellular IoT
Renesas Electronics Corporation and Sequans Communications will partner to develop IoT modules based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform. The modules are designed to provide IoT companies with an integrated microcontroller (MCU) plus connectivity platform that streamlines and simplifies IoT system design for
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10/25/2020
EPRI Joins Consortium for Renewable Energy Integration
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) this week joined a major international project, the Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST), to help remove technical hurdles to renewable energy integration. As a core G-PST technical team member, EPRI will work closely with several leading energy research or
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10/23/2020
Georgia Smart City, Peachtree Corners, RFP For EV Partners
Peachtree Corners – the nation’s first smart city environment powered by real-world infrastructure and next-generation connectivity – announced a new Request for Proposal (RFP) as it seeks out partners that can provide industry-leading electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and network services to businesses (f
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10/23/2020
Good Vibrations for New Energy

PhD candidate Mohammad Khorsand and Professor Youhong Tang with the TENG prototype at Flinders University, Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia.

Imagine a mobile phone charger that doesn't need a wireless or mains power source. Or a pacemaker with inbuilt organic energy sources within the human body. Australian researchers led by Flinders University are picking up the challenge of 'scavenging' invisible power from low-frequency vibrations in the surro
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10/21/2020
Iowa's Newest Solar Garden Tests Battery-Storage Solution
More than 9,500 solar panels now generate clean energy at Alliant Energy’s new Marshalltown Solar Garden. This pilot project combines solar power and a battery to generate, store and deliver electricity to customers.  The Marshalltown Solar Garden sits next to Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generatin
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10/21/2020
Eagles to Land First Student Project on Moon
Ahead of the United States’ crewed return to the moon in 2024, the Nova-C Lunar Lander will launch a science and technology payload to a valley in the Ocean of Storms. Just before it reaches the lunar surface in late 2021, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students will capture the world’s ultimate selfie: th
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10/21/2020
Cree to sell LED Business to SMART Global Holdings, Inc.
Cree, Inc. announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its LED Products business unit (“Cree LED”) to SMART Global Holdings, Inc. for up to $300 million, including fixed upfront and deferred payments and contingent consideration. Under the terms of the agreement, which has
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10/19/2020
Bringing Secure Software for Autonomous Battlefield Ops

A soldier hand-launches a drone during operational testing at Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army Operational Test Command photo/Tad Browning)

Drones and other unmanned machines can save human lives on the battlefield, but adversaries could hack into their artificial intelligence software. Purdue University will be leading research in partnership with Princeton University on ways to protect the software of these autonomous systems by making their mac
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10/19/2020
General Electric to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030
General Electric (GE) announced it is setting a goal to achieve carbon neutrality for its facilities and operational greenhouse emissions by 2030. However, this commitment does not address the emissions associated with its products (Scope 3). GE has recently announced that it is pursuing an exit from the new bu
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10/15/2020
Bringing a Power Tool from Math into Quantum Computing
The Fourier transform is a mathematical operation essential to virtually all fields of physics and engineering. Although there already exists an algorithm that computes the Fourier transform in quantum computers, it is not versatile enough for many practical applications. In a recent study, scientists from Tokyo Un
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10/15/2020
DOE's $65 Million Opportunity to Improve Building Efficiency
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette has announced a $65 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding opportunity for technologies that allow energy-efficient buildings to interact with one another and the electric grid, to reduce emissions and improve grid flexibility. "I thank EPRI for hosting t
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10/13/2020
Commercial Space Revenue Climbs to $336.89 Billion in 2019
In the newest quarterly issue of The Space Report, Space Foundation announced that space investment in Q3 2020 gained strength with more than $6 billion gained through acquisitions, buyouts, and private equity financing. Acquisitions and buyouts in Q3 totaled more than $3.3 billion in disclosed value across 17
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10/13/2020
Engineers Print Wearable Sensors Directly on Skin w/out Heat

With a novel layer to help the metallic components of the sensor bond, an international team of researchers printed sensors directly on human skin.

Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the evolution one step further by printing sensors directly on human skin without the use of heat. Led by Huanyu
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10/12/2020
Making Disorder for an Ideal Battery

Three-dimensional surface of sodium ion diffusion in a hydroborate crystal. This new material forms a disordered yet highly symmetrical structure, allowing a mobility of sodium comparable to that of lithium in commercial battery.

The lithium batteries that power our electronic devices and electric vehicles have a number of drawbacks. The electrolyte - the medium that enables electrons and positive charges to move between the electrodes - is a flammable liquid. What's more, the lithium they're made of is a limited resource that is the focu
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10/12/2020
A Cost-Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Production

Schematic diagram of the step-by-step synthesis process for the preparation of Ti.MoP.

The key to promoting the hydrogen economy represented by hydrogen vehicles is to produce hydrogen for electricity generation at an affordable price. Hydrogen production methods include capturing by-product hydrogen, reforming fossil fuel, and electrolyzing water. Water electrolysis in particular is an eco-friendly me
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10/09/2020
How Stress and Corrosion Cracks Start in Aircraft Components
One small crack in an aircraft component can lead to major problems. The cracks can grow fast and damage metal components to the point of failure, but they are often hard to detect. In an effort to stop this problem as it starts, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently awarded UCF aerospace engineeri
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10/09/2020
What Tiny Surfing Robots Teach us About Surface Tension

Flow pattern around a chemically active Marangoni surfer.

Spend an afternoon by a creek in the woods, and you're likely to notice water striders -- long-legged insects that dimple the surface of the water as they skate across. Or, dip one side of a toothpick in dish detergent before placing it in a bowl of water, and impress your grade schooler as the toothpick gently sta
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10/09/2020
Building Nano-Thermometers for Temperature Imaging

These prototype nanoparticle cores for thermometry are 35 nm in diameter.

Cheaper refrigerators? Stronger hip implants? A better understanding of human disease? All of these could be possible and more, someday, thanks to an ambitious new project underway at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST researchers are in the early stages of a massive undertaking to design
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10/09/2020
Helsinki Energy Challenge Received Hundreds of Proposals
The application phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge ended on 30 September. The competition inspired 252 teams from 35 countries from around the world to participate. The participating teams presented their proposals on how Helsinki can stop using coal for heat production as sustainably as possible by 2029
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10/06/2020
New managing director at ROHM Semiconductor Europe

Wolfram Harnack is the new Managing Director of ROHM Semiconductor Europe GmbH

​​​​​​​As of October 1st 2020, Wolfram Harnack is the new Managing Director of ROHM Semiconductor Europe GmbH. He reports directly to the President of the company Toshimitsu Suzuki. ​​​​​​​As of October 1st 2020, Wolfram Harnack is the new Managing Director of ROHM Semiconductor Europe GmbH. He rep
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10/01/2020
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