Lighter windmills thanks to superconductivity
It is a windmill on the Danish coast at Thyborøn that is the world's first: recently the conventional electrical generator, with permanent magnets, was replaced by one with superconductors. As a result, the weight and size of the new generator significantly reduced while at the same time, it is capable of delivering the same output power. Another advantage is the minimal use of rare earth metals.
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.
Millions invested in new energy: Lithium Werks
Energy management company Lithium Werks BV has announced that it will build a major clean energy research and development campus at Twente Airport.
3D printing of living cells
Using a new technique they call 'in-air microfluidics', scientists succeed in printing 3D structures with living cells. This special technique enable the fast and 'on-the-fly' production of micro building blocks that are viable and can be used for repairing damaged tissue, for example.
Researchers create robotic cheetah
A scaled-down robotic version of the fastest animal in the world, with a view to replicating its movements. Relatively speaking, the robot moves using only about fifteen percent more energy than a real cheetah.
Energy-autonomous robots come closer
Future robots that continuously inspect dykes, don't come across an electrical charging station every few hours. Using a smart gear box for the robot, a researcher manages to drastically reduce the energy consumption. The energy-autonomous robot comes closer.
Research shows remarkable interaction of light
The amount of light, passing through an opaque layer, can be enhanced using smart techniques. At the same time, the amount of reflected light diminishes, researchers now show.
First steps towards the touch robot
A squeeze in the arm, a pat on the shoulder, or a slap in the face - touch is an important part of the social interaction between people. Social touch, however, is a relatively unknown field when it comes to robots.
World's first ciliary stroke motion microrobots
A research team has developed microrobots with high propulsion efficiency in highly-viscous fluid environments, applying propulsion techniques that mimic the ciliary stroke motion of paramecia.
Minuscule pillars double the efficiency of solar cells
Solar cells are generally flat. However, by adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface, it is possible to more than double the amount of energy produced for each surface.
Squeezing transistors saves energy
Leakage current can be radically reduced by "squeezing" the transistor with a piezoelectric material.
Chip provides its own power
Microchips that 'harvest' the energy they need from their own surroundings, without depending on batteries or mains electricity.