30 Sep 2022
Casting Shadows on Solar Cells Connected in Series
Large obstacles, like clouds and buildings, can block sunlight from reaching solar cells, but smaller sources, such as dust and leaves, can also create similar problems. Understanding how the loss of incoming radiation affects power output is essential for optimizing photovoltaic technology, which converts light into electricity and is an important contributor to the green energy transition.
12 Aug 2022
Human-Machine Interfaces Work Underwater, Generate Their Own Power
Wearable human-machine interface devices can be used to control machines, computers, music players, and other systems. A challenge for conventional human-machine interfaces is the presence of sweat on human skin. Scientists now describe their development of a type of human-machine interface that is stretchable, inexpensive, and waterproof. The device is based on a soft magnetoelastic sensor array that converts mechanical pressure from the press of a finger into an electrical signal.
21 Jul 2022
A comprehensive overview of advanced packaging technologies and business strategies in JCET.
25 Feb 2022
Ballard & ABB Receive Approval for High-Power Fuel Cell Concept
The high-power fuel cell unit is a flexible solution that will support the energy needs of multi-megawatt scale vessels with diverse use cases. For example, a cruise vessel operating in coastal areas could either run entirely on zero-emission fuel cell power or switch to it when operating in environmentally sensitive areas or emission control zones, while a ferry with a regular schedule and frequent bunkering opportunities could operate solely on fuel cell power.
4 Feb 2022
Metawave — Radar Antennas for the Autonomous Future
Metawave produces analogue beamforming antennas and control chips that are designed to make the most out of radar transceivers. The antennas focus the emission into a narrow fan shape, which is then vertically scanned. This improves range, angular resolution and field of view compared to a static antenna.
10 Jan 2022
Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies
Silk makes an important biomaterial, because it does not generate an immune response in humans and promotes the growth of cells. It has been used in drug delivery, and because the material is flexible and has favorable technological properties, it is ideal for wearable and implantable health monitoring sensors.
13 Dec 2021
Microfountain Pen Draws Minute Patterns for Live Cells, Circuits
Advances in intuitive microwriting devices that can print microstructures could pattern electric circuits and more. The setup, featuring a robot arm to hold the micropen, deposits ink onto the surface, much like writing by hand with a fountain pen.
28 Oct 2021
Teaching Machines to Think Like Us
Can intelligence be taught to robots? Advances in physical reservoir computing, a technology that makes sense of brain signals, could contribute to creating artificial intelligence machines that think like us.
4 Oct 2021
Tracking Muscle Activity with Clothes on Your Back
Bioelectrical sensors on the skin can be used to measure electrical signals in the body, like heart activity and muscle contraction. While that provides valuable information for clinicians, current bioelectrical sensor technology can be ineffective, uncomfortable, expensive, and difficult to manufacture.
13 Aug 2021
Powering Navigational Buoys with the Help of Ocean Waves
To find a power source for buoys, look no further than the ocean itself.
9 Aug 2021
Metawave is a radar antenna specialist who has developed an analogue beam forming radar chip, offering high resolution and 250m range.
16 Jun 2021
Printing Flexible, Wearable Electronics for Smart Device Applications
The demand for flexible wearable electronics has spiked with the dramatic growth of smart devices that can exchange data with other devices over the internet with embedded sensors, software, and other technologies.
24 May 2021
3D Printing Technique Keeps Brittle Tungsten Crack-Free
Tungsten has many excellent properties. It resists corrosion, and its melting point of 3422 °C is the highest of all metals, making it an ideal material for components that operate at extreme temperatures. There is a problem, though: it is highly brittle at room temperature, which means it is hard to process using conventional techniques.
17 May 2021
TMYTEK is a company that provides 5G mmWave solutions. IDTechEx spoke with their founder Su-Wei Chang on 15th Apr. 2021.
3 May 2021
Solar Powered Desalination Unit Shows Great Promise
Scientists in China report the development of a highly efficient desalination device powered by solar energy. The device consists of a titanium-containing layer, TiNO, or titanium nitride oxide, capable of absorbing solar energy. The TiNO is deposited on a special type of paper and foam that allows the solar absorber to float on seawater.
30 Apr 2021
Non-toxic, Flexible Energy Converters Could Power Wearables
A wide variety of portable and wearable electronics have become a large part of our daily lives, so a group of researchers wondered if these could be powered by harvesting electricity from the waste heat that exists all around us.
22 Apr 2021
Combining Light, Superconductors Could Boost AI Capabilities
As artificial intelligence has attracted broad interest, researchers are focused on understanding how the brain accomplishes cognition so they can construct artificial systems with general intelligence comparable to humans' intelligence.
12 Nov 2020
Improving High-Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries with Carbon Filler
Lithium-ion batteries are the major rechargeable power source for many portable devices as well as electric vehicles, but their use is limited, because they do not provide high power output while simultaneously allowing reversible energy storage.
6 Oct 2020
Kyocera: Ceramic materials for 5G
Kyocera offers a broad line of semiconductor packages and assembly services based on advanced ceramic and organic material technologies.