23 Jun 2020
New Fuel Cells With Twice the Operating Voltage as Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Electrification of the transportation sector — one of the largest consumers of energy in the world — is critical to future energy and environmental resilience. Electrification of this sector will require high-power fuel cells to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles, from cars and trucks to boats and airplanes.
22 Jun 2020
Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot
For the next several months, visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be able to observe the testing of a new high-tech tool in the battle to save some of the world's most endangered species. SlothBot, a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot that can linger in the trees to monitor animals, plants, and the environment below, will be tested near the Garden's popular Canopy Walk.
16 Jun 2020
Transparent Graphene Electrodes for New Generation of Solar Cells
A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of light-emitting devices and other thin-film electronics.
20 May 2020
First Test of Solar Power Satellite Hardware in Orbit
US Naval Research Laboratory engineers launched PRAM, the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle as part of a comprehensive investigation into prospective terrestrial use of solar energy captured in space.
15 Apr 2020
New AI Tool to Evaluate all Possibilities in Robot Decisions
Just like humans, when robots have a decision to make there are often many options and hundreds of potential outcomes. Robots have been able to simulate a handful of these outcomes to figure out which course of action will be the most likely to lead to success. But what if one of the other options were equally likely to succeed - and safer?
25 Mar 2020
Robotics in Maintenance and Repair
Inspecting fuel and ballast tanks. Sand-blasting old paint coatings and applying new ones. Removing corrosion on ships, submarines, aircraft and other vehicles. These are some of the unpleasant jobs in naval shipyards and maintenance facilities that could be made safer by pairing human workers with robots.
4 Feb 2020
Hanergy Collapse: Significance for EV and Photovoltaic Industry
Hanergy is a large Chinese company. In past years, it has been in trouble for allegedly false accounting but it has been a global leader in flexible and thin film photovoltaics including GaAs and copper indium gallium diselenide CIGS and it has its own advanced silicon photovoltaics PV.
22 Jan 2020
Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
8 Jan 2020
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Zhao Lab
MIT's Zhao Lab created a magnetically steerable robotic thread designed to navigate the narrow, winding pathways of brain's blood vessels.
8 Nov 2019
Silatronix is a Wisconsin-based firm that has developed flame-retardant additives for Li-ion batteries based on organosilicon compounds.
This profile is an updated version. IDTechEx senior analyst Lorenzo Grande interviewed Silatronix VP Global Sales Carl Thoemmes in 2016.
7 Nov 2019
Optomec Delivers 500th Industrial 3D Printer
Optomec, Inc has delivered its 500th Industrial 3D printer. The machine is installed at a division of General Electric, which now counts more than 20 Optomec systems in use across GE business units including aviation, healthcare, power, and oil & gas.
1 Nov 2019
DNA as Tool to Build Graphene Circuits
Graphene is a groundbreaking material in the nanotechnology field, but it has characteristics that limit its potential applications. A research team is investigating ways to incorporate DNA nanotechnology as a construction tool to assemble graphene in new ways that could make the material more useful in electronic devices, among other applications.
30 Oct 2019
Graphene Market Research Tipping Point: Part 2
A Discussion With The IDTechEx Research Director. This is the final part of a two-part article written by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, a leading industry expert and Research Director at IDTechEx, discussing the global graphene market, more information on the topic can be found in his report "Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2019-2029".
25 Oct 2019
Race for 1000 km Electric Vehicles
Range sells electric cars. Long range ones sell in 100 times the numbers and have three times the resale value. In this article Dr Peter Harrop discusses the future of electric vehicles capable of 1000km range.
2 Oct 2019
Tunabot: First robotic fish to keep pace with tuna
Mechanical engineers have created the first robotic fish proven to mimic the speed and movements of live yellowfin tuna.
25 Sep 2019
Boeing completes test flight of unmanned aerial refueler
Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25™ unmanned aerial refueler.
2 Sep 2019
Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain's blood vessels
Engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain.
6 Aug 2019
Next-generation robot helps Marines explore dangerous areas
The Marine Corps is in the process of fielding the Ultra-Light Robot—a small, mobile robot system that enables Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines to interrogate improvised explosive devices and other explosive threats or conduct various other reconnaissance activities.
5 Jun 2019
Slothbot takes a leisurely approach to environmental monitoring
For environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, infrastructure maintenance and certain security applications, slow and energy efficient can be better than fast and always needing a recharge. That's where "SlothBot" comes in.
25 Apr 2019
Robotics research may help Parkinson's patients
For years, Israeli neurologist Tamar Flash has had a fascination with the octopus, and the way the invertebrate's eight arms propel it effortlessly through the water. She's convinced this has major implications for diagnosing and treating Parkinson's disease — and possible other disorders as well.