• Knowledge
    Fuel cell technology

    Toyota follows Tesla’s lead

    Good ideas are best shared – including patents, at least according to the announcement by Japanese car manufacturer Toyota that it is making more than 5,600 of its patents for hydrogen fuel cell technology available free of charge, in the hope that the initiative will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world.The announcement, made at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, comes only months after Elon Musk, founder and CEO of...
    12 Jan 15, Isaac Bah 1
  • Knowledge
    Need-based beaconing

    Radar on, lights off

    The flashing lights on wind turbines are an annoyance for people living nearby. Some German companies are now marketing radar technology that can detect aircraft and turn the lights on only when they are needed. Who will win the race?
    18 Dec 14, Bernd Müller 0
  • Knowledge
    Carbon capture and storage

    A costly proposal

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sees carbon capture at coal-fired power plants as a key technology in the fight against climate change. The technology itself will soon be ready for market, but the high costs and unresolved storage issue will hamper its introduction.
    15 Dec 14, Sascha Rentzing 0
  • Knowledge
    IPCC report

    Climate or coal?

    The world must act quickly to reduce its CO2 emissions – or face major catastrophe. But politicians are failing to ensure that fossil fuels are systematically replaced by renewables.
    15 Dec 14, Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0
  • Knowledge
    Smart materials

    Intelligent imitations

    Machines and technical devices would be more efficient if they could be designed to be smaller and lighter. Smart materials that adapt to their environment like living organisms could have applications in many fields and could help to save energy and protect the climate.
    18 Oct 14, Sascha Rentzing 0
  • Knowledge
    Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

    A German-American star

    The B-Class Electric Drive from Mercedes-Benzsports the powertrain of the Tesla Model S. In every other respect, the compact van resembles the conventional B-Class down to the last detail – to appreciate its cutting edge technology, you have to get behind the wheel.
    13 Oct 14, Jan Wilms 0
  • Knowledge
    Marine research

    Offshore wind farms as a hunting ground

    Seals and other marine animal species accept offshore wind farms as new habitat and hunting grounds, a study by biologists at St. Andrews University in Scotland has found. The researchers believe the turbine foundation could function as artificial reefs.
    6 Aug 14, Astrid Dähn 0
  • Knowledge
    Solar modules

    Efficieny record broken

    The efficiency of solar modules is clearly far from reaching its limit. Using a concentrator module, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) have now set a new efficiency record.
    4 Aug 14, Sascha Rentzing 0
  • Knowledge
    Alternative Fuel

    Microalgae project gets underway in Portugal

    A consortium of biotechnology experts has started to build a one-hectare pilot unit that will demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to produce microalgae biomass with biodiesel validation in a sustainable manner.
    1 Aug 14, Vinicius Valente 0
  • Knowledge
    BWE service survey 2013

    The customer is king

    Good service now plays a key role among turbine manufacturers. The results from the latest service survey carried out by the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) show that most manufacturers are continuing to improve their maintenance and repair services, and the gap is closing on independent service providers. By Sascha Rentzing
    28 May 14, 0


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