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Saft lands USD20m Boeing battery contract for satellites February 20, 2014 Saft lands USD20m Boeing battery contract for satellites Boeing has awarded battery manufacturer Saft with five new contracts to build Li-ion batteries for four of Boeing’s current GEO communication satellite programs. Read more Sensor network spares batteries February 19, 2014 Sensor network spares batteries Along with low-power RF module provider Amber Wireless GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits will showcase a platform for application-specific sensor networks at Embedded World. The technology aims at applications in transport and logistics, healthcare and smart homes. Read more Bi-directional charging box connects e-cars to smart grid February 19, 2014 Bi-directional charging box connects e-cars to smart grid As a contribution to Germany's turnaround in energy policy, scientists have developed a device that allows electric energy to flow in both directions between the power grid and electric vehicles. The system enables electric vehicles not only to be charged but also to store energy and return it to the ... Read more Telecoms and transportation drives sales growth at Saft February 19, 2014 Telecoms and transportation drives sales growth at Saft Battery manufacturer Saft, has a posted full year sales of €624.2 million which represents a growth in 2013 of 7.5%. The company forecasts that 2014 sales will be in the range of €660-700m. Read more Swiss consortium to set up pilot line for heterojunction solar cells February 19, 2014 Swiss consortium to set up pilot line for heterojunction solar cells The Meyer Burger Group and CSEM, with support from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and of the Canton of Neuchâtel, are joining forces under the Swiss-Inno HJT project, aimed at delivering key heterojunction silicon technology for efficient photovoltaic applications. Read more Wireless charging shift ahead February 19, 2014 Wireless charging shift ahead At least four different approaches to wireless charging are vying to power billions of next-generation mobile devices. Today only one has a beachhead in about a million systems: the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi inductive charging technology. Read more Body motion drives implantable energy harvester February 18, 2014 Body motion drives implantable energy harvester Researchers from A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Singapore, have demonstrated a new MEMS-based energy harvesting concept that could harness low frequency vibrations across a wide naturally occurring of 0.1 to 100Hz to power miniature electronic devices. Read more Advanced batteries innovations fuel utility-scale energy storage growth February 18, 2014 Advanced batteries innovations fuel utility-scale energy storage growth Worldwide revenue from advanced batteries for utility-scale energy storage applications are forecast to grow from $164 million in 2014 to more than $2.5 billion in 2023 according to a new report released by market intelligence analyst Navigant Research. Read more World’s most compact high-speed electro-optic modulator saves energy February 18, 2014 World’s most compact high-speed electro-optic modulator saves energy Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed an electro-optical converter of 29 µm in length, which converts signals at a rate of about 40 Gbps and is claimed to be the world’s most compact high-speed phase modulator. Read more Pomegranate inspires silicon anode breakthrough for lithium-ion batteries February 17, 2014 Pomegranate inspires silicon anode breakthrough for lithium-ion batteries The humble pomegranate has proved to be an inspiration for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries according to researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Read more
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