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Supercapacitor On-a-Chip Now One Step Closer

Supercapacitor On-a-Chip Now One Step Closer

Photo: Image: CIRIMAT/Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III In 2010 Spectrum reported a new approach for creating chip-scale supercapacitors on silicon wafers, proposed by researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. In an article published in Science, the researchers described  how to make supercapacitor electrodes from porous carbon that could stick to the surface of silicon […]

Teaching Innovation: Rice Professor Reviews Accelerator Programs

Teaching Innovation: Rice Professor Reviews Accelerator Programs

Houston — Entrepreneurship is considered the fuel that drives economic growth. But what are the best ways to help entrepreneurs be more successful—and what are best practices for startup accelerator programs? Those are questions, among others, that Rice University professor Yael Hochberg wants to try to narrow down. She is investigating which parts of the educational […]

Inventev Nabs $500K Grant to Test Mobile Power Generation Technology

Inventev Nabs $500K Grant to Test Mobile Power Generation Technology

Inventev, the Detroit-based cleantech startup working on mobile power generation via plug-in hybrid electric vehicle architecture, announced Monday that it has snagged a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Inventev’s CEO and founder, Dave Stenson, said the company will use the money to model, develop, and test key elements of its drive […]

Syngenta, NC Biotech, PSEG Solar, & More NC Innovation News

Syngenta, NC Biotech, PSEG Solar, & More NC Innovation News

Panthers country is licking its wounds from Sunday night’s big game, but there’s plenty going on in the business community to take minds off of the stinging Super Bowl defeat. Here’s a recap of some of the top headlines in North Carolina biotech, tech, and cleantech news. —Switzerland-based agribusiness giant Syngenta (NYSE: SYT), which maintains […]

Coming Soon: Coding Lab, Co-Working Space, and More in Highland Park

Coming Soon: Coding Lab, Co-Working Space, and More in Highland Park

Highland Park, for those who don’t know, is a separate city within Detroit’s borders—along with Hamtramck, it’s actually one of two sovereign cities inside Detroit—and for a long time, it’s been considered by many to be Detroit’s shabbier, financially ruined cousin. Once an upscale enclave that was home to Henry Ford’s first assembly line and, […]

Fusion Stellarator Wendelstein 7-x Fires Up for Real

Fusion Stellarator Wendelstein 7-x Fires Up for Real

Today the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at a ceremony at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma physics in Greifswald in Germany, pressed a button that caused a two-megawatt pulse of microwave radiation to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees for a quarter of a second. No, she was not setting off some new kind of hydrogen […]

Boston Tech Watch: Localytics, Walt Doyle, Flyp, NuTonomy & More

Boston Tech Watch: Localytics, Walt Doyle, Flyp, NuTonomy & More

This week in Boston, we’re tracking a bunch of funding announcements, trouble at Localytics, additions to the resume of local entrepreneur and investor Walt Doyle, and a new direction for a young co-working space. Read on for details. —Waltham, MA-based advanced battery maker SolidEnergy raised $12 million in a Series B round led by an […]

Japan Building World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

Japan Building World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

Illustration: Kyocera Corp. Kyocera Corp. has come up with a smart way to build and deploy solar power plants without gobbling up precious agricultural land in space-challenged Japan: build the plants on freshwater dams and lakes. The concept isn’t exactly new. Ciel et Terre, based in Lille, France, began pioneering the idea there in 2006. […]

NOAA Model Finds Renewable Energy Could be Deployed in the U.S. Without Storage

NOAA Model Finds Renewable Energy Could be Deployed in the U.S. Without Storage

Photo-Illustration: iStockphoto The majority of the United States’s electricity needs could be met with renewable energy by 2030—without new advances in energy storage or cost increases. That’s the finding of a new study conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The key will be having sufficient transmission lines spanning the contiguous U.S., […]

Environmentally-Friendly Liquid Battery

Environmentally-Friendly Liquid Battery

Photo: Xiaoli Dong, Jingyuan Liu & Yonggang Wang A new liquid battery that is more environmentally friendly than its existing counterparts could help lead to safe, inexpensive storage of renewable energy for power grids, researchers in Shanghai say. The new battery also has a much longer cycle life and much greater power than any current […]

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