Transportation

Advance makes thermoelectrics twice as efficient

By / September 12, 2008

Ohio State University researchers say they have invented a new material that “will make cars even more efficient by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity” and with “twice the energy efficiency” of any thermoelectric material currently on the market. Lead researcher Joseph Heremans, an OSU professor of mechanical engineering and physics, reports on the new…

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Boron nitride may provide ‘clear’ solar panels

By / September 10, 2008

Work at Japan’s National Institute of Materials Science may allow solar cells to be built into you house and car windows, windshield and even your sunglasses. The NIMS group, led by Dr. Shojiro Komatsu, has been interested in BN cell because it would be transparent to the visible light spectrum. Researchers claims to have already…

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Video of the week: Ceramic ball bearings

By / September 10, 2008

Ceramic ball bearings are saving energy and reducing the use of petroleum-based lubricants. Narrated by Richard Kay, CEO of the Palm Springs-based Ceramic Ball Bearings company, this video explains how bearings work and, more importantly, why ceramic bearings are proving to be superior to their metallic counterparts because of their ability to operate without grease…

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Collecting solar energy via asphalt roads

By / September 10, 2008

Can asphalt roads and parking lots be used as a ubiquitous and inexpensive means for collecting and utilizing solar energy? Researchers at Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute say: Yes. Led by Rajib Mallick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, a WPI research team says it has found a way to use asphalt’s heat-absorbing properties as…

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Video of the Week: More about Nocera’s electrolysis catalyst

By / August 26, 2008

In a previous edition of Ceramic Tech Weekly, we posted information and a brief video about MIT researcher Daniel Nocera and his apparently successful efforts to cut down on the use of costly platinum. Now the good folks at Blip.TV have gone out and toured Nocera’s lab and conducted a longer interview with him. Check…

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Fuel cell racers begin international competition

By / August 25, 2008

The Auto Channel reports that on Saturday, the first hydrogen-powered go-cart “Formula Zero” race was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Zero in the title of the race refers to zero emissions. The Aug. 23 race was the first of a planned championship series that seems as much designed to raise the profile of powerful…

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