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Energy harvesters power wearables April 13, 2015 Energy harvesters power wearables Researchers at North Carolina State University are using nanotechnology to create energy harvesting and storage devices for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors. Read more Recharging insights pinpoint route to cheaper rechargeable batteries April 13, 2015 Recharging insights pinpoint route to cheaper rechargeable batteries The US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has gained insights into the rechargeable lithium battery chemistry paves the way to design cheaper and more powerful rechargeable batteries with metals that are more common and safer than lithium. Read more Rechargeable NiMH battery modules support power systems integrators April 13, 2015 Rechargeable NiMH battery modules support power systems integrators Nilar, a Swedish manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry has introduced a range of rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery modules into the UK, through the company's distributor Energy Technologies Limited (ETLUK).  Read more Is GDC the future for more efficient batteries? April 13, 2015 Is GDC the future for more efficient batteries? Researchers from the University of South Carolina and Clemson University claim to have discovered a way of improving the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells by using the material gadolinium doped ceria (GDC). Read more Solid state thin film battery market takes off driven by wireless sensor networks April 11, 2015 Solid state thin film battery market takes off driven by wireless sensor networks Market research firm RnRMarketResearch in its latest report predicts that solid state thin film battery markets at $9 million in 2014 are forecast to reach $1.3 billion by 2021. Rapid growth toward the end of the forecast period is anticipated as technology improves the cost structure of the manufacturing. ... Read more Harvester makes light work of powering IoT devices April 09, 2015 Harvester makes light work of powering IoT devices ElectricFilm, LLC has launched a line of proprietary light harvesting technology solutions that optimizes the conversion of any light – from low indoor levels to full daylight – into reliable, sustainable power with better cost and system performance than alternative methods.  Read more Can fast-charging aluminum-ion battery dampen safety fears? April 08, 2015 Can fast-charging aluminum-ion battery dampen safety fears? Stanford University scientists claim to have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that is fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Read more Will metal-free catalyst lower rechargeable zinc-air battery costs? April 07, 2015 Will metal-free catalyst lower rechargeable zinc-air battery costs? Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of North Texas are claiming to have developed the first metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst that performs as well or better than most metal and metal oxide electrodes in zinc-air batteries. Read more Polymer discovery paves way for low-cost ultrafast batteries April 07, 2015 Polymer discovery paves way for low-cost ultrafast batteries Researchers at the University of Houston have developed an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer that should allow ultrafast battery applications. Read more Power grids - How many EVs can be charged simultaneoulsy? April 03, 2015 Power grids - How many EVs can be charged simultaneoulsy? German researchers have developed a prototype software program that shows grid operators how much load their low voltage network can handle and predict how many electric vehicles can be connected to the grid without pushing it to its limits. Read more
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