Breakthrough battery chemistry from Honda Research
The joint study reports that the research team has opened new doors in the development of high energy-density batteries capable of meeting rapidly growing energy storage needs by overcoming the current temperature limitations of fluoride-based battery technology and by demonstrating the room-temperature operation of fluoride-ion based energy cells.
2018 saw a significant step for aerogels in consumer electronics
2018 saw a significant step for aerogels in consumer electronics - but what is an aerogel? The Dell XPS 13 launched at CES 2018 and included the use of a material called silica aerogel for improved thermal performance. Aerogels are often dubbed "space-age technology" with most internet searches directing the reader towards use cases in the NASA stardust probe and Mars Rover, but the history, material diversity, and commercial status are very different.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2018 Award Winners
At the 15th IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition held in Santa Clara on November 14-15, three organizations were honored for their great achievements in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies.
Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers
Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Improving additive manufacturing for space missions
Additive manufacturing presents a game-changing opportunity for the space industry to produce complex components with greater efficiency at a lower cost. However, the trial-and-error method currently used to create such parts with limited materials is not suited for components that would need to survive the harsh environment of space.
Robotic skins turn everyday objects into robots
When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New "Robotic Skins" technology flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots.
Advanced Ceramic Fibers
Advanced Ceramic Fibers (ACF) manufacture specialty fibers for metal, polymer and ceramic matrix composites. Ken Koller (CEO/COO), Shawn Perkins (President), and John Garnier (Founder/CTO) spoke with IDTechEx technology analyst Richard Collins.
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.