Omnidirectional wind turbine wins Dyson Award
A truly-omnidirectional, single-axis wind turbine especially suitable for apartment buildings facing chaotic winds in urban environments.
Beer waste transformed into energy-efficient window covering
Can a new type of transparent gel, made from readily-available beer waste, help engineers build greenhouses on Mars? Physicists have developed an insulating gel that they say could coat the windows of habitats in space, allowing the settlers inside to trap and store energy from the sun—much like a greenhouse stays warm during the winter. And unlike similar products on the market, the material is mostly see-through.
Intel advances the safe integration of drones into US airspace
Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems, with safety being the first priority.
Ultra sensitive skin for robots
A smart skin that will give robots more sensitive tactile feeling than humans. The smart skin technology allows the robots to sense temperature changes and surface variations, which would allow a person alongside the robot to be safer or react accordingly.
Improved way to make III-V solar cells
For an example of extremely high-efficient solar cells at work, look no further than Mars. The rovers NASA sent to the red planet in 2003 relied on solar panels the size of a kitchen table and capable of converting about 27% of sunlight into electricity. To put that same technology to work on Earth, where the average rooftop solar panel is 15% efficient, the cost would be, well, astronomical.
Gencell Energy (Gencell) is an Israeli company developing fuel cell systems for continuous off-grid power. They are looking to overcome many of the challenges of hydrogen as a fuel through the use of ammonia. 2018 has seen something of a resurgence of industrial interest in fuel cell systems, IDTechEx spoke with Gencell CEO Rami Reshef to understand the company's position in more detail.
Lockheed Martin and Arconic collaborate on 3D printing
As part of an initiative to develop next-generation advanced materials and manufacturing processes, Lockheed Martin and Arconic announced a two-year Joint Development Agreement. Together, the companies will develop customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal 3D printing, to advance current and next-generation aerospace and defense solutions—including new structures and systems not currently in existence.
One-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects
Similar to the advance from black and white to color printing, a research team for the first time has used 3D printing technology in a one-step process to print structures made of two different materials.
Stationary batteries go with the flow
RFBs have the potential to become a mainstream technology that will compete directly with lithium-ion and sodium-sulphur, currently the two leading chemistries in the stationary storage market.
Webinar Thursday 14 June - Redox Flow Batteries for Stationary Storage
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 14 June titled Redox Flow Batteries for Stationary Storage.
Redox Flow Batteries 2018-2028: Markets, Trends, Applications
Redox flow batteries are an energy storage technology initially developed by NASA in the 70's for space applications. After several years of intensive R&D, in 2006, several key patents on the technology expired, opening up the arena to companies all around the world.
Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones
Saildrone, Inc., a provider of high-resolution ocean data collected via a fleet of unmanned surface vehicles, announced that it has closed a $60 million round of Series B funding to scale up its global fleet of ocean drones to help monitor the state of the planet in real time.
Perovskite solar cell application in office buildings
The first developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale. This will revolutionize the approach towards energy self-sufficient buildings.
DexMat are manufacturers of continuous CNT fibres, yarns, tapes, and sheets via a wet spinning process developed at Rice University. Founder Dr Dmitri Tsentalovich spoke with IDTechEx technology analyst Dr Richard Collins.
Examples of Thermoelectric Progress in 2018
In thermoelectrics TE, there is currently no huge reinvention at the applicational level as with solar roads and windows reinventing photovoltaics or at the technology level as with airborne wind energy reinventing electrodynamic harvesting of wind.
IDTechEx caught up with MAS Innovation at the IDTechEx Show in Berlin in April 2018.
Marsbee - swarm of flapping wing flyers for enhanced mars exploration
Marsbees are robotic flapping wing flyers of a bumblebee size with cicada sized wings. The Marsbees are integrated with sensors and wireless communication devices.