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Sensor Network, Google Maps to Track California Air Quality

Google street view camera car (Padaguan, Wikimedia Commons)

28 September 2015. A San Francisco company that designs environmental sensors and networks is partnering with Google Maps to track air quality in three California regions. Aclima Inc. and Google Maps announced the partnership today at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New . . . → Read More: Sensor Network, Google Maps to Track California Air Quality

Environmental Sensor Developer Reveals Collaborations

(National Park Service, Wikimedia Commons)

30 June 2015. Aclima Inc., a designer of environmental monitoring sensors and networks, unveiled today collaborations with Google Inc., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, among others. The San Francisco company, operating with little publicity for long as 5 years, did not disclose financial details from . . . → Read More: Environmental Sensor Developer Reveals Collaborations

Solar Water-Splitting System Produces Hydrogen for Energy

Hydrogen and oxygen gas generated by water-splitting solar-powered electrodes (Alain Herzog, EPFL)

26 September 2014. Engineers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland designed a solar energy system made of inexpensive and abundant materials that efficiently splits water into hydrogen and oxygen for producing electricity. The team from the lab of EPFL’s . . . → Read More: Solar Water-Splitting System Produces Hydrogen for Energy

Solar Process Converts CO2 to Source of Power, Chemicals

Andrew Bocarsly (Brian Wilson, Princeton University)

2 July 2014. Chemists from Princeton University and spin-off company Liquid Light Inc. in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey created a process to use sunlight for converting carbon dioxide into formic acid, a source for electric power and industrial chemicals. Princeton chemistry professor Andrew Bocarsly, also a founder of . . . → Read More: Solar Process Converts CO2 to Source of Power, Chemicals

Columbia Team to Study Electric Power Switching Transistors

Ken Shepard (Columbia University)

An engineering research group at Columbia University in New York received a $3 million grant from U.S. Department of Energy to create high-power electric switching devices with the speed and efficiency of electronic transistor circuits. The team led by electrical and biomedical engineering professor Ken Shepard — that includes members . . . → Read More: Columbia Team to Study Electric Power Switching Transistors

Pressure-Cooked Nanoparticles Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries

David Kisailus, left, and lead author Jianxin Zhu (UC-Riverside)

Engineers at University of California in Riverside discovered a process for improving cathodes in lithium-ion batteries found in today’s electric cars and most electronic devices, and thus their performance. The team from the lab of Riverside’s David Kisailus published their findings in this month’s issue . . . → Read More: Pressure-Cooked Nanoparticles Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries

New Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging System Developed

Prototype wireless power transfer device (Richard Ebersohl, North Carolina State University)

Engineers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh developed a new, more dynamic, approach for wirelessly charging moving electric vehicles and built a small-scale prototype to prove the concept. The team led by electrical engineering professor Srdjan Lukic published its findings online in . . . → Read More: New Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging System Developed

University of Houston Spins-Off Nanotech Coatings Company

Colored water droplets on SCHN coated 100% cotton blue denim. (C-Voltaics)

A physics professor at University of Houston in Texas started a company to develop and manufacture protective coatings for industrial and consumer goods based on his research in nanotechnology. C-Voltaics, started by Houston physicist Seamus Curran, was awarded last week the Young Technology . . . → Read More: University of Houston Spins-Off Nanotech Coatings Company

Open Source Energy-Economy Optimization Model Developed

(Brookhaven National Lab)

Computer scientists and engineers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh developed a computer model to aid energy-related economic policy decisions, making both their data and source code available to the public. The model, called Tools for Energy Model Optimization and Assessment or Temoa, is the work of a team led . . . → Read More: Open Source Energy-Economy Optimization Model Developed

Fuel Cells for Refrigerated Trucks Under Development

A project combining the efforts of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington with two fuel cell manufacturers is developing fuel cells to power the refrigeration units in refigerated trucks. The companies — Nuvera Fuel Cells in Billerica,, Massachusetts and Plug Power Inc. in Latham, New York — each received a $650,000 matching contract . . . → Read More: Fuel Cells for Refrigerated Trucks Under Development