Portland first major energy facility co-locating wind, solar, battery
A new energy facility in Eastern Oregon combining 300 megawatts of wind generation with 50 megawatts of solar generation and 30 megawatts of battery storage.
Vestas leads break-away group of big four turbine makers
Developers commissioned a little over 45GW of onshore wind turbines globally in 2018 compared with 47GW a year earlier. Just four manufacturers accounted for more than half, or 57%, of the machines deployed: Denmark's Vestas, China's Goldwind, GE Renewable Energy of the US and Spain's Siemens Gamesa.
3D Printing before surgery
GE Healthcare and VA Puget Sound Health Care System are in a partnership to accelerate the use of 3D imaging in healthcare. VA will use GE software designed specifically for the medical field - which is expected to reduce the time it takes to create 3D models from hours to minutes.
Multimaterial 3D printing
Traditional robotic systems with rigid parts often pose a threat to human operators. Recently flourishing soft actuators and robots, in contrast, offer excellent adaptivity to surroundings and safe, coexisting interaction with humans. However, their competence in load-bearing tasks is undermined by the inherent low-stiffness nature of constituent materials like silicone rubbers.
Governments should focus on building a global electricity grid
Governments should tackle fossil-fuel reliance by building a global energy grid that connects renewable energy from all around the world - and the best place to start is with a giant wind farm in Greenland.
The Most Significant Material Science News of 2018
Advancements in material science and material processing will always play a central role in any technological progression. IDTechEx has been providing leading market analysis on a broad range of advanced materials and their technology analysts have given their pick of the key news stories from 2018.
Optomec acquires Huffman, leader in metal additive manufacturing
Optomec announced that it has acquired Huffman. Huffman's equipment and software are in production at virtually all major manufacturers of aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines, who use its metal deposition capabilities to restore worn or damaged components at substantially lower cost than newly-made spare parts.
Highview Power builds energy dream team
Highview Power has added two industry veterans to its deep bench of executive leadership; former InterGen managing director Mark Somerset joins as director of business growth and will own go-to-market and global growth strategy and execution.
Update from IDTechEx Show! USA 2018
First 3D-printed titanium wheel
HRE Wheels and GE Additive announced a partnership agreement and unveiled the first titanium wheel created using EBM technology. Known as "HRE3D+", this new prototype wheel shows what the future of wheel technology will bring and how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs.
Electric Vehicle Futures at the IDTechEx Show! Silicon Valley
Many new electric vehicles were on display at the IDTechEx Show! on November 14-15 in Santa Clara, but that was the tip of the iceberg. The event had a hidden message; the future enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EVs) from buses to cars to mining vehicles.
Largest industrial energy storage station in Europe
With a conviction that the major challenge for the renewable energy market lies in being able to store energy, CMI has opened the largest pilot installation for the storage of green energy in Europe.