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The porous structure of a new electrode material.
A startup called Nanotune has developed a way to make electrodes that result in ultracapacitors with five to seven times as much energy storage capacity as conventional ones. This development could make electric cars cheaper and extend their range.
Date: 05/04/2011
Type: Article
verge quadrants
The GreenBiz Group is unveiling a new initiative called VERGE, focusing on the convergence of four technology sectors: vehicles, information, buildings, and energy.
Date: 04/18/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Transportation
A New Rotary Engine Design
A start-up, Liquid Piston, aims to greatly improve the efficiency of internal combustion.
Date: 04/06/2011
Type: Video
Technologies: Transportation
Charge Car
Illah Nourbakhsh presents ChargeCar, a new CREATE Lab project to increase electric vehicle efficiency.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Transportation
The Scuderi Group's prototype split-cycle two-cylinder engine
A new type of engine that stores compressed air could improve fuel economy by as much as 50 percent.
Date: 01/24/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
GE Train
The ecomagination team at GE is pushing renewable energy limits with heat capture and hybrid dynamic braking on trains.
Date: 01/13/2011
Type: Article
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines has unveiled a new set of guidelines for flight paths and landings that has resulted in fuel efficiency gains of 5 to 15 percent per flight. The new guidelines, called Required Navigation Performance (RNP), could be introduced to all airports and airlines in the coming years.
Date: 01/12/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Nissan's eco pedal
Nissan has unveiled a new gas pedal that uses resistance to discourage drivers from pressing the pedal to the metal. The new system is also available to other car manufacturers and could improve fuel efficiency by five to ten percent.
Date: 11/24/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
asphalt road
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have identified a number of ways to harvest waste heat from asphalt roads, including embedding water filled pipes or thermoelectric semiconductors in or under the roadways.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Blog
Schematic of quantum dot LED
A recent report from Lux Research (”Nanotech’s Answer Key to the Energy Problem”) suggests that six different nanotechnologies could project energy efficiency savings and energy consumption reductions that are the equivalent of shutting off all the coal-fired power plants in the United States.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: Blog, Report

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