Industry News

June 2021
Team to Develop Nanofilm-Based
A research team, led by Prof. Nathaniel S. Hwang and Prof. Byung-gee Kim, from Seoul National University (SNU) and Prof. Dong Yun Lee, from Hanyang University, has used enzymatic crosslinking to create nanofilms on cell surfaces. SNU has announced that it has developed a "cell caging" technology for th
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06/25/2021

Light-Harvesting Nanoparticle Catalysts for Renewable Fuels

In the right conditions, silver nanoparticles, represented by the large orange spheres, can absorb visible light. Charge carriers produced by light excitation are transferred to CO2 and water, allowing the conversion to hydrocarbons and other multicarbon molecules. In the graphic, carbon atoms are black, oxygen atoms are red and hydrogen atoms are white.

Researchers report that small quantities of useful molecules such as hydrocarbons are produced when carbon dioxide and water react in the presence of light and a silver nanoparticle catalyst. Their validation study - made possible through the use of a high-resolution analytical technique - could pave the way fo
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06/24/2021
A Novel Energy Storage Solution Featuring Pipes and Anchors

Proposed Buoyancy Energy Storage System

There is general consensus that renewable energy sources will play an important role in ensuring a healthier and more sustainable future for the planet and its people, and many countries are indeed already seeing such technologies displacing “dirty” fossil fuels in the power sector in an effort to lower em
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06/23/2021
SoCalREN's Metered Savings Program Saves Money and Time
With California laser focused on energy efficiency, a new program is helping public agencies get electricity-saving projects up and running faster. The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN)'s Metered Savings Program streamlines projects by offering access to SoCalREN's technical services, inc
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06/22/2021
Asukanet Invests in Holo Industries' Holographic Touch Technology
Japanese technology firm Asukanet Co., Ltd., has invested an undisclosed amount in Holo Industries LLC, the manufacturer of contactless, Holographic Touch products. Asukanet is the world’s leading provider of holographic plates.
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06/17/2021
EVCS, LA Fitness Install EV Fast Chargers at Fitness Centers
EVCS has announced a collaboration with Fitness International, LLC, a leading health club operator in the United States, to install fast charging stations at fitness centers throughout Southern California.   EVCS, founded in 2018, owns and operates the largest network of fast charging stations
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06/17/2021
Town of Bethel and NYPA Install 176 LED Smart Streetlights
The New York Power Authority and the Town of Bethel have partnered to start the installation of 176 energy-efficient LED streetlights as part of the New York Power Authority’s Smart Street Lighting NY program, which calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with LED technology by
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06/16/2021
Insulators Turn up the Heat on Quantum Bits

In the ion trap, the distance between the ions and optics can be precisely adjusted.

Quantum technologies are based on quantum properties of light, electrons, and atoms. In recent decades, scientists have learned to master these phenomena and exploit them in applications. Thus, the construction of a quantum computer for commercial applications is also coming within reach. One of the emerging te
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06/15/2021
Researchers Receive Funding for STEM Educator Project
Julia Nord, Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences; Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor, Mathematical Sciences, College of Science (COS); Andrew Gilbert, Associate Professor, Elementary Education; Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon, Director, Educational and Career Pathways, Ac
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06/14/2021
Near-Field Routing of Hyperbolic Metamaterials

Reversible unidirectional propagation of hyperbolic modes.

Near-field light is invisible light at the subwavelength scale. Harnessed for a variety of practical applications, such as wireless power transfer, near-field light has an increasingly significant role in the development of miniature on-chip photonic devices. Controlling the direction of near-field light propagation ha
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06/14/2021
Littelfuse to Host Webinar on Reducing Emissions Through Electrification
Littelfuse, Inc. invites electrical engineers to join a webinar on heavy-duty vehicle electrification, Reducing Emissions Through Electrification. Fewer than 10 percent of the vehicles used today are heavy-duty vehicles, yet they contribute more than 25 percent of the emissions caused in traffic. Eliminating these emissions by electrifying this class of vehicles is a
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06/09/2021
Tracking RNA Through Space and Time

One-cell zebrafish embryo: The MDC research lab found numerous localized genes at this early stage of development. Much of their genetic information flows into the precursor cells of the later germ cells.

The "miracle of life" is most obvious at the very beginning: When the fertilized egg cell divides by means of furrows into blastomeres, envelops itself in an amniotic sac, and unfolds to form germ layers. When the blastomeres begin to differentiate into different cells - and when they eventually develop in
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06/08/2021
Smart Watches Monitor Quality of Life Changes During Lockdowns

Dr. Erez Shmueli

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo used smart watches and a dedicated app to monitor 169 subjects before and during Israel's second COVID-19 lockdown (October 2020). The watches and app provided the researchers with accurate daily data for
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06/08/2021
Saving the Climate with Solar Fuel

By 2030, the retailer Lidl Switzerland will switch from fossil natural gas to liquefied renewable gas to operate its trucks.

Mobility analyses show: Only a small proportion of all vehicles are responsible for the majority of the kilometers driven. We are talking above all about long-distance trucks that transport goods all over Europe. If these continue to be fueled with fossil energy, it will hardly be possible to sufficiently reduce CO
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06/08/2021
Next 20 Years are Crucial in Determining the Future of Coal
Decisions made now will determine whether economies win or lose money as the coal industry changes over the next couple of decades. Countries including Australia and Indonesia could lose billions of dollars if they continue to invest in new coal mines and exports as the world moves away from fossil fuels.
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06/08/2021
Researchers Probe Grid Resilience Using Advanced Batteries

Isolated multichannel battery and cell voltage measuring circuit for use in series strings

A new university research partnership will show how advanced lead batteries can support electricity grid energy storage and plug-in to more renewable and other storage requirements for low carbon energy systems.  The project is being led by the University of Warwick and Loughborough University, supported by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI).  Demand for batteries as a storage technology is steadily growing across the globe in order to support greater levels of grid flexibility, reliability and decarbonization as more renewables are integrated into the grid and in the face of extreme weather events. By developing more advanced levels of modelling and prediction of lead battery behaviour for utility grid storage, the r
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06/07/2021
Aspiring Drone Pilots Can Now Train Remotely at Embry-Riddle
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus recently received a first-of-its-kind waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow students to remotely pilot unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, through online video platforms like Zoom.  “This is a big deal,”
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06/04/2021
Vishay Names Digi-Key European Catalog Distributor of the Year
The award recognizes Digi-Key's contributions to Vishay's European revenue, growth, customer count and more over the past year. Vishay offers an unmatched portfolio of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and optoelectronics) and passive components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are u
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06/04/2021
Pushing green hydrogen production forward
The consortium includes Flemish research centres imec and VITO (partners in EnergyVille), together with industrial pioneers Bekaert, Colruyt Group, DEME and John Cockerill.   Under the flag of Hyve, the consortium aims at a cost-efficient and sustainable production of hydrogen at gigawatt level. Hyve
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06/04/2021
APEC 2021: Infineon solutions from silicon to wide bandgap
With a device portfolio that spans silicon and wide bandgap (WBG) devices, engineers look to Infineon for solutions that balance performance, efficiency, reliability and cost. Infineon’s power solutions set the pace for innovations that make life easier, safer and greener.   Products, demonstrat
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Date:
06/04/2021
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