24 Jun 2022
New Ultrathin Capacitor Could enable Energy Efficient Microchips
The silicon-based computer chips that power our modern devices require vast amounts of energy to operate. Despite ever-improving computing efficiency, information technology is projected to consume around 25% of all primary energy produced by 2030. Researchers in the microelectronics and materials sciences communities are seeking ways to sustainably manage the global need for computing power.
24 Jan 2022
Funding for Megawatt Truck Charging Along California Freight Corridors
The Electric Power Research Institute and CALSTART have been awarded $13 million from the California Energy Commission to jump start California's high-power charging infrastructure for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The two organizations will lead a first-of-its-kind collaboration to launch the country's first zero-emission, freight-charging corridor network.
29 Nov 2021
Big Batteries on Wheels Can Deliver Zero-Emissions Rail, Secure Grid
Trains have been on the sidelines of electrification efforts for a long time in theUS because they account for only 2% of transportation sector emissions, but diesel freight trains emit 35 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and produce air pollution that leads to $6.5 billion in health costs, resulting in an estimated 1,000 premature deaths each year.
25 Oct 2021
New Technique Paves Way for Perfect Perovskites
An exciting new solar material called organic-inorganic halide perovskites could one day help the US achieve its solar ambitions and decarbonize the power grid. One thousand times thinner than silicon, perovskite solar materials can be tuned to respond to different colors of the solar spectrum simply by altering their composition mix.
22 Oct 2020
Opus 12 is a green technology start-up company developing methods for catalytically converting carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprints of the world's heaviest emitters while creating a new revenue stream from what is discarded today as a waste product. In October 2020, IDTechEx Senior Technology Analyst Dr Michael Dent spoke with Etosha Cave, COO and co-founder of Opus 12.
9 Oct 2020
2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for CRISPR Development
University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Jennifer Doudna has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that has revolutionized biomedicine.
17 Aug 2020
Cypris Materials is an early stage company from California. They are commercializing a new method of printing colored inks that relies on co-polymers that self-assemble to create structural color rather than using dyes or pigments.
24 Jul 2020
Battery Breakthrough Boosts Electric Flight, Long-Range Electric Cars
In the pursuit of a rechargeable battery that can power electric vehicles for hundreds of miles on a single charge, scientists have endeavored to replace the graphite anodes currently used in EV batteries with lithium metal anodes.
8 Jun 2020
A Viable Sodium Battery
Researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries, making for a potentially viable battery technology out of abundant and cheap materials.
12 May 2020
Promising Material Stable Enough for use in Solar Cells
Soft and flexible materials called halide perovskites could make solar cells more efficient at significantly less cost, but they're too unstable to use.
4 Feb 2020
Turbocharging Hydrogen Fuel Cells with Novel Ion-Conducting Copolymer
Renewed investments in hydrogen fuel cell technologies and infrastructure by companies like Amazon; nations like China; and automakers like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai, are sparking sales and fresh interest in the vast possibilities of polymer-electrolyte fuel cells. The fresh interest could revolutionize transportation and fill streets with vehicles whose only effluent is water vapor.
30 Jan 2020
At CES 2020 IDTechEx met with Tania Sole from Airspeq. The company has developed a MEMS based sensor to detect airborne particulate matter. The technology is based on patent pending MEMS thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) technology.