17 May 2011
Electromobility has a new key enabling technology
Foreign manufacturers of electric cars in China can own only minority shares and they must surrender intellectual property on at least one of what the government considers to be the three key enabling technologies for e-mobility. These are batteries, motors and control electronics. In exchange, foreigners gain access to a market they hope will be large enough to create cash flow that can be repatriated if the dominant partner approves.
12 May 2011
Self powering robot detects leaks in water pipes
TubeBot can detect defects and breaches in underground water pipes by scanning a length of the piping system and sending data to a remote location.
29 Apr 2011
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles
Energy harvesting is the production of electricity from ambient energy. Usually the objective in electric vehicles is to increase range and safety. Range is increased in two ways. Either a very powerful form of energy harvesting such as shock absorbers or regenerative braking adds significant amounts of energy to the traction battery or wireless sensors and actuators improving safety also save many kilograms of wiring this also increasing range significantly.
21 Apr 2011
A catamaran powered by electricity from renewable sources
The catamaran is propelled by electric energy generated by solar panels, wind turbines, hydrogen batteries and diesel-electric thermal generators.
13 Apr 2011
Nano College awarded $57.5M
The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been awarded $57.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to create a solar manufacturing consortium that could rival what Sematech did for the computer chip industry and the city of Austin, Texas two decades ago.
12 Apr 2011
Highest publicly reported efficiency for thin film solar
General Electric has announced that a full-size, thin film solar panel developed by the company has been independently certified as the most efficient ever publicly reported milestone for the technology.
8 Apr 2011
Concept-derived Bluecar EV produced through leased business operations
Italian automotive company Pininfarina is offering its resources to electric vehicle production by leasing their business operations, which is currently at the preliminary contractual stage.
7 Apr 2011
Schindler joins Solar Impulse as a main partner
Schindler, a global elevator and escalator provider, has decided to support Solar Impulse, the zero fuel airplane aiming to fly around the world propelled only by solar energy. Schindler will closely follow and support cutting edge technology in various disciplines.
7 Apr 2011
Auria Solar & Mitsubishi enter a MOU for Auria's new expansion project
Auria Solar of Taiwan and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
LTD. (MHI) of Japan have entered a MOU for business cooperation in Auria's new expansion project.
5 Apr 2011
Shining a light on research
Monash University is involved in two promising areas of science research that could deliver low cost, no-emission alternatives for our future fuel and energy needs.
1 Apr 2011
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles
Over twenty million electric vehicles produced in 2010 will employ on-board energy harvesting to help charge the traction batteries. That includes both hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
23 Mar 2011
Ascent Solar signs distributor agreement with Sunload Mobile Solutions
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. a developer of flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that Sunload Mobile Solutions will act as an Authorized Distributor of Ascent Solar's lightweight, flexible, high-power thin-film CIGS modules for Electronic Integrated (EIPV) applications in Europe. This agreement with Sunload will give Ascent Solar access to multiple opportunities within Europe's rapidly expanding off-grid battery charging and portable power markets.
24 Feb 2011
Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) has just announced that it is proceeding with the development of the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System (Patent Pending) for ships and ocean going vessels.
16 Feb 2011
Future of marine electric vehicles
Marine electric craft have recently entered a phase of rapid market growth and radical change. A new IDTechEx report "Marine Electric Vehicles 2011-2021" is the world's first comprehensive report on marine electric vehicles with latest ten year forecasts and assessment of important new projects such as submarines that will fly.
8 Feb 2011
Loon makes nest in Rome, NY
Solar-powered boat business moves to CNY to commence assembly production. Acclaimed as best new electric vehicle at international conference.
15 Oct 2009
Energy harvesting superyacht
Alastair Callender, of Callender Designs, has developed a radical 58m, rigid-wing superyacht concept called 'Soliloquy', which will be powered from wind, solar and Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) technology from Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd.