ACerS Spotlight

PNNL’s Smart Charger Controller

By / May 21, 2009

This video demonstrates Pacific Northwest National Lab’s Smart Charger hardware and software system for optimizing the recharging, say, of a hybrid or all-electric vehicle.

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Concentrated Solar Power

By / May 21, 2009

Here is a video that demonstrates the scale and operations of one such utility-sized system. This features Nevada Solar One, a 64 MW CSP project that went online in 2007. NSO is supposed to be producing more than 130,000 million KWh each year.

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Skyline Solar’s Utility-Scale PV-Concentrating System Demonstration

By / May 21, 2009

This video demonstrates Skyline Solar’s High Gain Solar arrays technology that it claims will bring the cost of solar power to competitive levels in the normal electricity market.

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Self-Healing Concrete

By / May 21, 2009

This is look at Victor Li’s latest innovation: self-healing concrete. This is  a form of concrete that forms many tiny cracks when overloaded instead of a few large ones, leading to a process in which the concrete effectively “heals” itself.

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Bendable Concrete

By / May 21, 2009

In mid-2005, University of Michigan professor Victor Li unveiled a fiber-reinforced bendable concrete.

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Interview with Rick Alexander from Zircoa

By / May 4, 2009

Interview with Rick Alexander from Zircoa on volunteering with ACerS.

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Interview with Ed Herderick, 2009-2010 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow

By / April 16, 2009

This is a brief interview with Ed Herderick, Ohio State University Ph.D. student and the 2009-2010 Materials Society Congressional Fellow.

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Putting a Wrapper on Nanotubes Increases Luminescence

By / April 9, 2009

A UConn team from the school’s Nanomaterials Optoelectronics Laboratory at the Institute of Materials Science has discovered a nifty way to increase the photoluminescence of single-walled carbon nanotubes by wrapping the tubes with a sleeve made from a Vitamin B2 analog.

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Individual Carbon Atoms in Motion

By / April 9, 2009

This video is no more, or less, than watching for the first time, in real-time, individual carbon atoms being knocked off the edges of a hole in a sheet of graphene while other atoms break and recreate bonds as they shift around in response, looking for the most stable position.

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Electrospinning

By / April 9, 2009

Some fuel cell makers are using platinum nanowires (as a low-cost fuel cell catalyst) made via electrospinning. This video stitches together an animation and several demonstrations of electrospinning tiny and nanoscale fibers.

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