Industry News

March 2021
Biocrude Passes the 2,000-Hour Catalyst Stability Test

Wet wastes from sewage treatment and discarded food can provide the raw materials for an innovative process called hydrothermal liquefaction, which converts and concentrates carbon-containing molecules into a liquid biocrude. This biocrude then undergoes a hydrotreating process to produce bio-derived fuels for transportation.

A large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted the research to sho
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03/28/2021

Controlling Bubble Formation on Electrodes

This image shows the interplay among electrode wettability, porous structure, and overpotential. With the decrease of wettability (moving left to right), the gas-evolving electrode transitions from an internal growth and departure mode to a gas-filled mode, associated with a drastic change of bubble behaviors and significant increase of overpotential.

Using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen can be an effective way to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel, with further benefits if that electricity is generated from renewable energy sources. But as water-splitting technologies improve, often using porous electrode materials to provide greater su
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03/28/2021
Mild HEV Transition Offers a Door into the Automotive Market
More and more governments are trying to fight global warming by signing up to restrict CO2 emissions, often with strict targets that they have committed to implement by the end of this decade. One of the areas they see as offering a quick win is the reduction of emissions from the automotive sector by encouragin
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03/25/2021
ScopeCorder Gets Turbocharged with New Hardware and Software
As electrical electromechanical systems grow in complexity, the requirement for more specialised test equipment increases. Engineers performing tests on these systems need to see more detail than ever before from many different sources. Yokogawa has catered to this market since 1997 with its ScopeCorder test equi
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03/25/2021
Magnetism Meets Topology on a Superconductor's Surface

An illustration depicting a topological surface state with an energy band gap (an energy range where electrons are forbidden) between the apices of the top and corresponding bottom cones (allowed energy bands, or the range of energies electrons are allowed to have).

Electrons in a solid occupy distinct energy bands separated by gaps. Energy band gaps are an electronic "no man's land," an energy range where no electrons are allowed. Now, scientists studying a compound containing iron, tellurium, and selenium have found that an energy band gap opens at a point where two
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03/24/2021
Using Industrial Microalgae to Turn CO2 into Biofuel

Hundred-kilobase fragment deletions in microalgae by Cas9 cleavages. This figure was made using BioRender.

A single-celled alga undergoes genome surgery to remove non-essential parts. This can lead to a most efficient cellular factory for producing sustainable biofuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy o
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03/18/2021

The first TanSat global SIF map was constructed using a data-driven method based on the SVD (singular value decomposition) technique.

Solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) is emitted during plant photosynthesis. SIF results from vegetation chlorophyll giving off red and infrared light wavelengths when excited by solar radiation. Measuring SIF is important because it is closely related to the terrestrial gross primary productivity (GPP), wh
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03/18/2021
Catalyst Generates Hydrogen Fuel and Cleans up Wastewater
Hydrogen is a pollution-free energy source when it's extracted from water using sunlight instead of fossil fuels. But current strategies for "splitting" or breaking apart water molecules with catalysts and light require the introduction of chemical additives to expedite the process. Now, researchers rep
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03/17/2021
Infineon Expands  Supply Base  for Silicon Carbide
The contract has an initial term of five years. With this supply contract, the German semiconductor manufacturer adds a further element to secure its growing base material demand in this area. SiC is the basis for power semiconductors that are particularly efficient, robust, and cost-effective at the system le
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03/14/2021
eBook showcases high-performance power conversion components
In Achieving Enhanced Performance and Reliability, Bourns and Mouser offer a series of technical articles designed to help readers choose the right components for specific power applications, including multiple related to high-voltage energy storage. The growing importance and prevalence of technologies such as electric veh
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03/14/2021
A Non-Intrusive Method to Prevent Cyber Attacks on Android

Researchers from SMU uncovered a dynamic, intelligent and non-intrusive method for detecting malware on Android devices.

SMU Office of Research and Tech Transfer - Cyber attacks on mobile devices are on the rise, with over 100 million attacks reported per year since 2018. Despite this, recent security research shows that most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place, thus making them vulnerabl
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03/07/2021
Building Networks not Enough to Expand Rural Broadband
Public grants to build rural broadband networks may not be sufficient to close the digital divide, new Cornell University research finds. High operations and maintenance costs and low population density in some rural areas result in prohibitively high service fees - even for a subscriber-owned cooperative structure
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03/07/2021
Rosendin Recognizes Teams in ASC Student Competition
Rosendin is proud to recognize students from California Polytechnical State University (Cal Poly) for their award-winning presentation at the 2021 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition Regions 6 and 7.The COVID-19 pandemic forced the contest to be held virtually Feb. 3-6 and directly impacted th
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03/05/2021
Quantum Internet is Closer to Reality, Thanks to this Switch

Using a programmable wavelength-selective switch can help increase the number of users in a quantum network without increasing photon loss from the switching device, a new study shows.

When quantum computers become more powerful and widespread, they will need a robust quantum internet to communicate. Purdue University engineers have addressed an issue barring the development of quantum networks that are big enough to reliably support more than a handful of users. The method, demonstrated i
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03/05/2021
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