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Can gum reduce lithium ion battery fire hazard? February 05, 2014  Can gum reduce lithium ion battery fire hazard? Researchers at Washington State University have developed a chewing gum-like battery material that is claimed could reduce the fire hazard potential of lithium ion batteries. Read more Smart-Light control system cuts lighting energy usage by 80 percent February 05, 2014 Smart-Light control system cuts lighting energy usage by 80 percent A cost-effective, easy-to-install lighting control system has been unveiled by Xeleum Lighting which claims to reduce lighting energy usage by 80% or more compared with conventional lighting systems that do not utilize LEDs, daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing. Read more Self-programming wireless lighting controls offer major power savings February 05, 2014 Self-programming wireless lighting controls offer major power savings Cree, Inc. is claiming the first self-programming wireless lighting-control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70 percent for half the cost of traditional lighting controls. Read more Copycat batteries threaten 'increased fire risk' on planes February 04, 2014 Copycat batteries threaten 'increased fire risk' on planes The BBC reported today that the UK's specialist aviation safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has told the BBC "that the huge growth in people carrying lithium batteries on aircraft poses a growing fire risk". Read more Expert group connects electromobility to automated driving February 03, 2014 Expert group connects electromobility to automated driving Adaptive power management, more powerful ECUs and sophisticated prediction algorithms are just three of more than a dozen technology fields which are crucial to raise the acceptance of electromobility in Europe, says industry association eNOVA, an alliance of mainly German OEMs, tier ones and technology ... Read more What technologies to watch for in 2014? Part 1 February 03, 2014 What technologies to watch for in 2014?  Part 1 What are the key trends in power management that will drive the market forward in 2014?  First up is wireless charging - Will inductive technology or resonance technology win over the market or will an alternative solution gain the plaudits of the consumer? Read more Polymer breakthough promises bendable tablets, smartphones February 03, 2014  Polymer breakthough promises bendable tablets, smartphones Swiss-based multinational Lonza is introducing ultra-low loss and high temperature thermoset materials developed by 'system solution' polymer material company Novoset, LLC which look like paving the way to the advent of bendable tablets and smartphones. Read more Break through in e-car battery technology ahead? January 30, 2014 Break through in e-car battery technology ahead? NanoFlowCell AG, an arcane company from the tiny state of Liechtenstein, plans to introduce an electric vehicle equipped with an innovative fuel cell technology at the imminent Geneva International Motor Show. The NanoFlowCell energy storage will enable significant improvements over current fuel cell ... Read more Focus on PV integration into European distribution grids January 30, 2014 Focus on PV integration into European distribution grids The Europe-wide PV GRID consortium has released a consultation document that contains key recommendations for the adoption of technical solutions to ease the integration of photovoltaics (PV) into the distribution grid. Read more Conductivity fine tuning of graphene oxide promises savings January 30, 2014 Conductivity fine tuning of graphene oxide promises savings Researchers at at Japan's World Premier International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA) are developing a way to fine tune the conductivity of super-strong graphene oxide (GO) sheets within electronic components. Read more
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