Stretchable and flexible biofuel cell that runs on sweat
A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, was recently developed. This cell is already capable of continuously lighting an LED, opening new avenues for the development of wearable electronics powered by autonomous and environmentally friendly biodevices.
Grapheal have developed a transparent and flexible plaster containing graphene designed to accelerate and monitor the healing of chronic wounds.
Storage of solar energy and wind power in metal powder
Hydrogen researchers are involved in a large European project on hydrogen storage. The goal is to develop a novel prototype tank that will store at least 50 kilograms of hydrogen in a minimum space. The European Union is funding the project with €2 million in the frame of the "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking - FCH JU". Some €150,000 are earmarked for the Helmholtz researchers.
Digital deposition equipment for fabrication of perovskite solar cells
Latest results achieved with third generation solar cells highlight that the perovskite can increase the efficiency and lower the cost of solar energy.
Robotics Flagship aims to develop sustainable robots and AI
The Robotics Flagship aims to develop robots and artificial intelligence that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable: this is the project proposal submitted to the European Commission, that by 2020 will have chosen the flagships that will receive one billion euros over ten years to guarantee Europe a leading position in science and technology.
Organic solar cells to be used in roof tiles generating power
Materials scientists have found a way to boost the efficiency of organic solar cells several times.
Aerial robot that can morph in flight
Marking a world first, researchers have drawn inspiration from birds to design an aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight. To reduce its wingspan and navigate through tight spaces, it can reorient its arms, which are equipped with propellers that let it fly like a helicopter.
LAAS-CNRS targets R&D strategic axis with Cutting-edge CeraPrinter
CERADROP, a MGI Group company, has supplied LAAS-CNRS with one of its State-of-the-art equipment - CeraPrinter F-Serie. The French Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems concentrates its efforts on major scientific orientations for emerging systems and services of the future.
Robots aid better understanding of phytoplankton blooms
Phytoplankton blooms are one of the most important factors contributing to the efficiency of the carbon pump in the North Atlantic Ocean. To better understand this phenomenon, the ERC remOcean project has developed a new class of robots: biogeochemical profiling floats, the first robots able to collect data in the ocean throughout the year.
Electricity production : when enzymes rival platinum
Making a biocell that is as effective as a platinum fuel cell: that's the feat that researchers have achieved. Three years after making their first prototype biocell, the researchers have just reached a new milestone and increased its performance and stability.
When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions
The ELO system, which most chess federations use today, ranks players by the results of their games. Although simple and efficient, it overlooks relevant criteria such as the quality of the moves players actually make.