NASA’s ‘Maxwell’ is a plane that is powered by electricity

An artist’s concept of NASA’s X-57 Maxwell aircraft showing the plane’s specially designed wings and 14 electric motors. Photo: NASA An experimental plane being built by NASA could help push electric-powered aviation from a technical curiosity and pipe dream into something that might become commercially viable for small aircraft. At a conference of the American Institute […]

GERMAN COMPANY MAKES FUEL FOR CARS FROM JUST AIR & WATER SEEN IN THIS VIDEO

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INTERNATIONAL PLANE FLIGT USING SOLAR POWER

SOLAR PLANE READY FOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL AIRFLIGHT Solar Impulse is on standby for its first international flight this week. Brussels has been chosen as the destination for the first venture outside Swiss borders, which follows the solar powered aircraft’s maiden flight and first overnight flight last year and will mark another important step towards the […]

DEVICES USE SCANVENGED ENERGY FROM THE AIR WE BREATHE TO POWER THEM

Breath & air-powered for non-existent batteries Lithium-air batteries are currently in the works, and IBM predicts that batteries “that use the air we breath to react with energy-dense metal” will result in smaller, lighter rechargeable batteries that last ten times longer than today’s lithium-ion types. Whilst such batteries could be used in everything from cars […]

GREEN AVIATION FUEL BY NESTLES FOR LUFTHANSA

Lufthansa begins flights with renewable fuel Flights will begin after official approval has been received from the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) allowing the use of jet fuel produced using Neste Oil’s NExBTL technology, which produces renewable fuel from vegetable oil and animal fat. Approval is expected to take place in spring 2011. […]

JAPAN & OTHER COUNTRIES IN ENERGY EFFICIENCIES

Energy Harvesting: Powering Up the Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume One of the reasons that overseas manufacturers have pulled so far ahead of Japan in practical application is that domestic manufacturers are overly concerned with generating electricity. Many firms in Japan have been developing power generating devices for years, but the thrust […]

SENSORS IN REMOTE LOCATIONS REQUIRE BATTERY FREE OPERATION

Energy Harvesting and Powering Up the Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume The idea behind wireless sensor networks is old, but a battery-free design would vastly expand its range of application. Voltree Power LLC of the US, a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the US, has been contracted by […]

WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS ARE EXPANDING

Energy Harvesting: Powering Up the Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume Though the thermoelectric conversion device is small, the heat exchanger used to attain the high efficiency for a given temperature differential is relatively large. This component is expected to account for the majority of module cost. The heat exchanger is critical in […]

SENSORS & MICROCONTROLLERS WITH NO BATTERIES

Energy Harvesting: Powering Up The Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume Sensors and Microcontrollers, Too! Sensors are another type of peripheral components evolving rapidly. Sensors designed to acquire information such as temperature and humidity are shrinking and consuming less power. The brightness sensors used to control lighting, for example, are being mounted on […]

GATHERING FREE POWER FROM THE AIR AROUND YOU

Again – From Low Power to No Power through Energy Harvesting: Powering Up the Battery-Free World Oct 31, 2010 23:58 ideyoshi Kume Stepping Up from only 20mV Co2 to energy The impact of higher power supply circuit performance is dramatic, because just how efficiently the power supply can handle the minute trickles of power gained […]