‘Instantly rechargeable’ battery spells bad news for gas-guzzling cars

June 7, 2017 by  
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Charging an electric car remains an obstacle for some people, especially in areas lacking charging infrastructure. But new battery technology developed by researchers at Purdue University could change that completely. They’ve designed an instantly rechargeable battery that could allow electric vehicles to be charged in roughly the same amount of time it takes to fill up a car with gasoline today. The researchers designed a flow battery system, which in itself isn’t unique, but the Purdue scientists removed battery membranes, something they say no one else has done. Membranes in batteries break down over time, so the new battery technology allows for a longer lifespan and cuts costs. This rechargeable battery could be a game changer for electric cars. Related: New battery concept could give electric vehicles a 621-mile range Drawing on the Purdue energy storage technology, electric car owners would pull up to a station and fill up their cars with not gas, but fluid electrolytes. The spent battery fluids could be gathered and recharged at a solar or wind farm . Earth, atmospheric, and planetary science professor John Cushman said in a statement, “Instead of refining petroleum, the refiners would reprocess spent electrolytes and instead of dispensing gas, the fueling stations would dispense a water and ethanol or methanol solution as fluid electrolytes to power vehicles…It is believed that our technology could be nearly ‘drop-in’ ready for most of the underground piping system, rail and truck delivery system, gas stations and refineries.” They say their instantly rechargeable method is affordable, safe, and environmentally friendly. Cushman recently presented their findings at the International Society for Porous Media 9th International Conference in the Netherlands. With two other Purdue researchers, he started a company, IFBattery, to commercialize their technology. Cushman said they are seeking financing to develop large-scale prototypes, and from there they’ll look for manufacturing partners. Via Purdue University Images via Purdue University and Håkan Dahlström on Flickr

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Fisker is back with the $130,000 400-mile range EMotion

June 7, 2017 by  
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Designer Henrik Fisker is getting ready to jump back into the EV segment with a new electric car called the EMotion. Now that Fisker’s former EV, the Karma has been reborn under new ownership, Fisker is ready to move beyond the capabilities of the old Karma with the entirely new 400-mile range 2019 EMotion. Fisker Inc has released a set of teaser photos of the new EMotion, which is going to debut later this month on June 30. The EMotion’s design has been toned down a bit from the EMotion prototype and renderings that we’ve seen over the past year. The big changes, include a revised grille, more production friendly headlights and toned down fenders. Related: Fisker’s EMotion has the Tesla Model S in its sights Even though the overall design has been toned down, the exterior does conceal some new tech features, like an integrated LIDAR system behind a tinted screen to provide autonomous driving capability. The side mirrors conceal two cameras, which enable panoramic, 360-degree views to the driver. Fisker also says that the carbon fiber and aluminum structure exceeds current safety standards, while its light carbon fiber and aluminum wheels reduce rotational mass by 40 percent. Fisker hasn’t revealed the full specs for the 2019 EMotion, but it will have a driving range over 400 miles and new proprietary UltraCharger technology can add over 100 miles to the large battery in nine minutes. The EMotion will also have a top speed of 161 mph. The big news is that the pricing for the EMotion has also been released, starting at $129,900. Fisker is going to reveal the EMotion on June 30 and will also begin taking reservations on the same day. + Fisker Images @Fisker

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First estimate of plastic entering oceans from rivers yields shocking results

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How much plastic do rivers dump into the world’s oceans ? The Ocean Cleanup decided to find out. They conducted what they say is the “first-ever estimate of plastic emissions from rivers” and the results are shocking, as in, between 1.15 and 2.41 million metric tons annually shocking. They say knowing the trash’s origins will help them better deploy their plastic-scooping cleanup arrays. Scientists have known for a long time rivers deposit plastic into oceans, but before this study no one had ever quantified just how much plastic is flowing from rivers, or how much each river contributes, according to The Ocean Cleanup . To answer such questions, researcher Laurent Lebreton of The Ocean Cleanup designed a model drawing from data on waste management , population density, dam locations, hydrography, and topography. Related: Redesigned Ocean Cleanup arrays to start scooping up Pacific garbage patch within a year The researchers found out of 40,760 rivers, a mere 20 contribute two thirds of the plastic input. The plastic also enters oceans more heavily between May and October: three quarters of plastic released makes its way into ocean waters then. The Ocean Cleanup created an interactive map to help visualize the issue. The map tells a user how many kilograms of plastic have entered the oceans just since they started viewing it. You can check it out here . The Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat said in a statement, “We’re pleased to see how many initiatives have been taken in the past few years to raise awareness of the ocean pollution problem. However, for our work in the deep ocean to succeed in the long run, it’s crucial that governments and other organizations speed up their efforts to mitigate the sources of the problem we aim to resolve. The results of this latest study can assist with those efforts.” The journal Nature Communications published the study online today . Four Ocean Cleanup researchers were joined by one scientist from North Carolina State University and an expert from HKV Consultants in the Netherlands . + The Ocean Cleanup Images via The Ocean Cleanup

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A spectacular staircase draws you into this breathtaking daylit loft in Vienna

June 7, 2017 by  
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This renovated loft in Vienna has a sculptural staircase at its core that appears to support the entire upper floor. Design studio Smartvoll sought to preserve as much of the original space as possible while cultivating a minimalist feel reminiscent of Adolf Loos’s interiors. The renovation of the 3,767-square-foot Loft Panzerhalle introduced an abundance of natural light into the interior. The architects left the ribbon windows on the upper floor intact instead of creating galleries typical in modern loft design . An impressive central staircase sweeps upwards like a concrete sculpture, rounding off the composition. The staircase also divides the room while creating a roof over the kitchen, recesses and elevations. Related: Architects turn a cramped apartment into a gorgeous loft where the owner’s cats can roam freely While concrete dominates the space, semi-transparent materials were used to delineate the guest area and bedroom. All the furniture looks integrated into the construction, celebrating free space and minimalist aesthetics. “We wanted to revitalize the space’s original charm,” said the architects. “Magnanimity and a spatial experience of both storeys were priorities. In all dimensions.” + Smartvoll Architects Via v2com Photos by Tobias Colz/smartvoll

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Low-cost solar absorber could supercharge solar power plants

April 6, 2017 by  
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One of the major challenges in developing solar panels has been creating photovoltaic cells which can absorb as much solar energy as possible – without overheating to the point that they begin to simply radiate energy back into the atmosphere. In the past, this has meant that commercially available solar cells only manage to convert about 30 percent of sunlight they absorb into energy. Researchers from Purdue University may have found a way to overcome this issue by modifying regular silicon wafers to more efficiently absorb the energy at higher temperatures than ever before. The new study, published in the journal Applied Physics Letters , outlines how silicon wafers can be coated with thin films of tantalum and silicon nitride to enhance their ability to absorb sunlight. The modified surface is then able to selectively absorb photons within a certain range on the light spectrum, while reflecting those that cannot be used. Related: Flexible new solar panel is almost 80% lighter than traditional panels The resulting solar cells can withstand temperatures up to 535 degrees Celsius without any performance or stability issues, converting a staggering 50 percent of sunlight into useable energy. This research has some interesting applications – for instance, the same film could be painted on the surface of mirrored parabolic troughs used in concentrated solar plants in order to make them even more efficient. While the film isn’t yet ready for any kind of commercial application, the authors of the study hope it will inspire others to try a similar experimental approach to enhancing solar absorption. Via Phsy.org Images via Purdue University and Shutterstock

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

March 24, 2015 by  
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Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying experience – and a total waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at Purdue University finally have a use for the packing peanut nuisance: transforming them into fast-charging batteries. Using a heating process, the researchers were able to convert ordinary packing peanuts into carbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries. Read the rest of Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon anodes , eco design , green design , packing peanut batteries , Purdue University , recycling packing peanuts , sustainable design , Vilas Pol , Vinodkumar Etacheri

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Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

October 11, 2014 by  
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We’ve all heard of electronic fabrics , but robotic fabrics? That’s a new one. Researchers are Purdue University are developing an electronic skin-like fabric that can move on its own, twisting and turning into endless shapes. So why do we need such a thing? Robotic fabrics could be used to create active clothing for sports, soldiers and astronauts or help those with disabilities move while wearing the fabric, changing the way we interact with our clothing. Read More >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automaton clothing , automaton fabric , ecouterre wearable clothing , ecouterre wearable technology , electronic clothing , electronic fabric , Purdue University , Purdue University electronic fabric , Purdue University robotic clothing , robotic clothing , robotic fabric , wearable technology

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Purdue Uni Developing Early Warning System For Solar Storms By Measuring Radiation Decay

August 24, 2012 by  
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A team of scientists from Purdue University say they may have discovered a new method to predict solar flares more than a day before they occur . This would not only provide advance warning to help protect satellites and power grids, but also save the lives of astronauts from potentially dangerous radiation. The team made the breakthrough by measuring differences in gamma radiation emitted when atoms in radioactive elements “decay,” or lose energy. Read the rest of Purdue Uni Developing Early Warning System For Solar Storms By Measuring Radiation Decay Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: early warning system , power grid protection , Purdue University , radioactive elements , satellites , solar flares , solar radiation , solar storms

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Purdue Team Tackling ‘No-Sleep Energy Bugs’ That Drain Smartphone Batteries

June 15, 2012 by  
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Are you fed up with your smartphone battery draining by lunchtime? Especially when you’re not even using it? Well, a team from Purdue University have set out to tackle this problem by proposing a method that automatically detects “no-sleep energy bugs” — a type of software glitch that can drain your battery without you knowing it. Read the rest of Purdue Team Tackling ‘No-Sleep Energy Bugs’ That Drain Smartphone Batteries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: API , no-sleep energy bugs , Purdue University , smartphone battery , smartphone battery life , smartphone battery status , why does my smartphone battery drain so fast

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Hip Hop-Powered Medical Sensor Monitors Blood Pressure Without Dropping a Beat

February 1, 2012 by  
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Hip Hop is good for the soul – and it could be good for the body too! Researchers at Purdue University recently developed a need breed of implantable sensors that can be powered by the deep frequencies found in bass-heavy beats. The acoustical wave-powered biomedical sensor has been proven to monitor pressure in the bladder or blood vessels of patients when exposed to a wide range of music, although the researchers found that hip hop music works best. Read the rest of Hip Hop-Powered Medical Sensor Monitors Blood Pressure Without Dropping a Beat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acoustical powered cantilever capacitor , babek Ziaie , eco design , green design , Hip Hop , IEEE MEMS Conference , pressure sensor , Purdue University , sustainable design

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