• Theme: Energy : Production and Distribution

    Energy management is a major theme at this year’s Hannover Messe, as new technologies are poised to provide cleaner and cheaper electric power. Here’s an overview of the latest initiatives favoring transition to sustainable energy in tomorrow’s factories. Automaker Tesla says its high-performance electric cars are...

    From the moment Space X founder Elon Musk proposed the Hyperloop concept 3 years ago, he set off a global race to make this futuristic mode of transportation a reality. Today, a global community of engineers and entrepreneurs has emerged to develop Hyperloop systems that would send people and cargo hurtling through...

    The development of nuclear fusion is no longer limited to government-funded research. Private companies have stepped in and are making impressive progress toward producing virtually endless nuclear energy.   Building on decades of experience, new firms are taking alternative routes to overcome the challenges that have...

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    In a world premiere, French start-up Lancey has launched the first electric heater with a storage battery. The far infrared heater can stock electricity in the battery during off-peak hours for use during peak hours, usually between 6 and 8 pm. The system has a self-monitoring feature, and the user can even control...

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    Is this the end of jet lag? Thanks to a new LED system that mimics the different colors of the natural sunlight, the new Airbus A350 XWB counters or minimizes disruptions to the body’s natural circadian rhythms. In other words, it helps the passengers’ biological clocks to smoothly adjust to the flight. The new system...

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    Researchers at Boston’s MIT have developed DuoSkin, a temporary tattoo that can control phones and other digital devices. Made of gold leaf and silicon overlay, the smart tattoo activates a display and connects wirelessly to a phone through NFC technology. The sticker is powered by a lithium polymer battery and...

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    With this bendable and ultra-thin-film solar cell designed by South Korean scientists, it will soon be possible for any wearable electronics to be self-powered. Only 1 micrometer thick and super flexible, this solar cell can bend around a 1.4 millimeter radius—such as a pencil—without any damage. The cell is made from...

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    Last month, Sweden inaugurated its first road designed for hybrid trucks. Equipped with both fuel and electric engines, the vehicles will be able to move along a 2-kilometer portion of a highway north of Stockholm without any emissions. A pantograph above the truck’s cabin will automatically raise and rub the...

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    The NASA probe’s arrival at Jupiter on Monday will improve our understanding of not just the solar system, but also of solar power. It could also show the way to a nuclear-free solar system.   NASA’s Juno spacecraft has traveled farther than any other solar-powered probe. It became the first to reach Jupiter when it...

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    TenneT, the European electricity transmission operator, has elaborated a plan for building large offshore wind farms interconnected through an island hub in the middle of the North Sea. In this hub-and-spoke structure, the spokes would constitute international electricity highways. Green electricity transmitted via...

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