IBM may be approaching a breakthrough in battery technologies
For the project, IBM"s Research unit will partner with U.S. laboratories to develop a technology that uses lithium metal to react with oxygen in the air, resulting in a storage capacity of more than 5,000 watt-hours per kilogram, more than ten times the capacity of today"s lithium-ion batteries.
A battery with this technology is expected to run for 500 miles, IBM said according to MIT
Efficient converter for hot water of 90 degrees C into 3 kilowatts (100 V, 30 A) of electricity.
With the world facing global warming and an ever reducing supply of oil resources, there is a clear and present need for new technology research in renewable energy. Furthermore, in light of the recent great east Japan earthquake, the shutdown of thermal and nuclear based power plants has created brand new demands not only for energy efficient technologies, but also for the immediate utilization of brand new, yet untapped alternative sources of energy. Once such source, underutilized but in abundance, is low temperature heat source below 150 degrees C, which commonly exists in the form of waste heat from factories, solar heat, or hot springs. Modern attempts to utilize such heat sources are limited in scale to the 50+ kilowatt range, and only to sites able to meet restrictive requirements such as high volume heat, large space, expensive upfront costs.
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The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced Thursday it is in the process of commercializing POMI, which is embedded with a network-based interactive technology.
The ETRI is applying for five international patents with regard to the robot, as well as planning to transfer the technology to several local companies including Samsung Electronics. The expression software, which imitates human expressions of emotion, will also be available on the market by the end of next month, it added.
A state-run institute has developed a new robot that can see, hear, touch, smell, but not taste.
What does a cup of water equate to, these days? During summers, a cup of water could barely quench my thirst. However, with a new technology developed by Leeds University, a cup of water could mean a kilogram of laundry. Xeros, a Leeds University spin-off, is currently commercializing a washing machine which can clean clothes using just a cup of water.
According to a study by Waterwise (a UK NGO), the water used to wash clothes in the UK alone amounts to 145 Olympic size swimming pools daily. The Xeros washing machine only uses 2 percent of the water as well as the energy used by its conventional counterparts. And, since the machine only uses a cup of water per kilogram of laundry, the clothes come up almost dry, eliminating the necessity to tumble dry. The company has already received a $1 million funding and expect to put washing machines out in the market by 2009 at the earliest.
A new type of engine could be relatively inexpensive.
A new version of the internal combustion engine, which could significantly cut gas consumption, might be surprisingly practical and easy to deploy, according to recent findings by researchers at MIT. Tests on a prototype based on the technology, which allows engines to switch between conventional technology and the new gas-saving type of combustion, show that it does not require a special fuel, and engines using the technology can be cheaply made out of conventional auto parts.