Liotech, a joint venture between RUSNANO and Chinese holding company Thunder Sky, has launched the world's largest high-capacity lithium-ion battery factory near Novosibirsk. Covering more than 40,000-m 2 , it has a design capacity of more than 1 GWh, or approximately one million batteries per year.
W. L. Gore & Associates has introduced new expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membrane in high-density polyethylene cartridge filters to support the manufacture of high-purity chemicals used in the semiconductor and liquid-crystal display industries.
Determining the friction of a bobsled run can mean the difference between winning and losing, but it has always been more of an art than a science. Researchers have now figured out a way to measure friction level accurately, helping them to build effective simulations prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The 100 top innovators have been ranked this week by the Thomson Reuters’ intellectual property (IP) consulting arm. The U.S. continues to lead this list with a large share of innovators, and Asia and Europe place second and third, respectively. However, China is not yet ranked because of its practices regarding protecting IP and commercializing products globally.
A U.S. Department of Energy review panel last week approved a project to create the world’s largest digital camera. Designed for a new Chilean telescope’s 8.4-m primary mirror, the camera has 189 semiconductor sensors that can record infrared to ultraviolet light, and has the capacity to produce 15 terabytes of data every night.
The robotics company famous for building BigDog, a four-legged robot that moves in a fashion that is both strange and disturbingly life-like, has added arms to its two-legged variant, PETMAN. A new video from Boston Dynamics shows in the anthromorphic robot in motion.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are widely accepted as a more efficient and reliable option than tungsten incandescent bulbs. But recent research at Sandia National Laboratories shows that humans are as comfortable with white light generated by diode lasers, which are more efficient than LEDs at higher amperages.
According to a study out Wednesday venture capitalists invested more money in more U.S. startups in the third quarter than they did a year earlier. Though overall investments dropped from the second quarter, the software industry showed especially big jumps in venture capital quarter to quarter.
With a cutting-edge solar car, an advanced strategy and an intrepid 16-student race crew, the University of Michigan's national champion solar car team readies for the 1,800-mile World Solar Challenge in Australia on Oct. 16.
Vying for a $1.65 million purse, the largest aviation prize ever offered, competitors in the Green Flight Centennial Challenge will take to the air this weekend. To qualify, the electric, biofuel, and hybrid-powered planes must exceed 200 passenger miles per gallon, about double what even the best large commercial jets now achieve.
A team from Tel Aviv University has developed superconducting wires using fibers made of single crystals of sapphire to be used in high powered cables. Factoring in temperature requirements, each tiny wire can carry approximately 40 times more electricity than a copper wire of the same size.
Two of the world’s top automakers have teamed up as equal partners to develop a hybrid drive system for rear-wheel-drive light trucks and SUVs.They will independently integrate the new hybrid system in their future vehicles separately.
The editors of R&D Magazine have opened the nominations for the 2012 R&D 100 Awards competition, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the awards. If your organization introduced a new product this year, or is planning to, you can begin the entry process now.
Omega’s new CL540ZA thermocouple simulator can be used to calibrate a thermocouple input instrument and can be used for measuring temperature in a manufacturing facility.
On Friday, NASA will launch the most distant probe ever powered by the sun. Equipped with three tractor-trailer-sized solar panels to supply 400 W at the terminus of its 2 billion-mile journey, Juno was designed not out of concern for the environment, but for entirely practical considerations.
With one of the fastest-aging populations in the world, Japan is using robotics to provide automated care solutions. The latest effort at RIKEN, a robot able to lift a human, relies on the first capacitance-type tactile sensors made entirely of rubber to provide the necessary soft touch.
Earlier this week, R&D Daily featured efforts by scientists in Scotland to ferret out fake whisky with spectrometry techniques. In Spain, chemists are going a different route to identify types of cava, a sparkling wine similar to champagne.
Organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting has the potential to create cheap, pleasing light in unique, flexible form factors. However, the technology is immature and costly. Lux Research reports that OLED lighting costs will drop by more than an order of magnitude over the course of this decade. But the technology will still remain uncompetitive with other lighting options, and amount to a mere $58 million market in 2020.
Caltech researchers have revisited some of the fundamental assumptions that guided the wind industry for the past 30 years, and now believe that a new approach to wind farm design—one that places wind turbines close together instead of far apart—may provide significant efficiency gains.
A $2.5 million magnet that generates 500,000 times the force of the Earth’s magnetic field has recently debuted at Florida State University’s magnetics lab. The “split” design overcomes the structural limitations associated with resistive magnets. Four large elliptical ports allow researchers to access the magnet’s core without disrupting the magnetic field.
PEI-Genesis, Inc., an assembler of precision connectors and power supplies, announced that they have signed a global distribution agreement with Deutsch Aerospace, a manufacturer of electrical connectors for the industrial vehicle, mil aero, transportation, and oil and gas markets, to assemble their Mil and Civil Aeroconnector products.
Livermore Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding with SWAY, a renewable energy company, that has developed floating towers for wind turbines located in deep water. Though California has not yet approved offshore wind turbines, SWAY will launch a 1/5 scale prototype of the technology off the coast of Norway on June 10 to demonstrate how the system could work in the Pacific Ocean.
A researcher at Fraunhofer Institute in Germany had a flash of inspiration in 2002. He realized if he could stop the electromagnetic losses caused by the return of current between the output inductor and the input capacitor, he could reduce efficiency losses substantially. His invention resulted in the HERIC technology, which is now being licensed on a large scale.
Despite its reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse, China’s dominance in this area appears to be at risk, according to an analyst at the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. Steeply rising wages, a shrinking cost advantage, and a dependence on producing cheaper goods indicate that China may be at less of an advantage than countries like the U.S. and Germany.
In stormy conditions, grid capacities are often insufficient to handle the electricity generated by wind turbines. To address this problem in Germany, engineers are experimenting with cylindrical sensor nodes that are clamped around transmission lines. These networked sensors can measure the current flow, temperature, wind, and other factors and relay them quickly through grid to help manage the power.