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On-road energy harvesting

The research initiative POWERAMP developed roadway-energy harvesting prototypes based on dynamic speed bumps that are able to transfer kinetic energy from vehicles passing over them.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2013

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Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries

New research suggests that even if carbon-dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years. Thus, it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach the global temperature scientists deem unsafe.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2013

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Electric taxi EVA for tropical megacities

TUM CREATE presents an electric taxi for use in tropical megacities at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. EVA showcases a new super-fast charging system recharging the battery within 15 minutes, a range of 200 kilometers and an individual air conditioning. As the first university in the world, TUM presents electric vehicle concepts for different climate zones.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2013

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Novel material stores unusually large amounts of hydrogen

An international team of researchers has synthesized a new material that stores an unusually large amount of hydrogen. Performing high-pressure X-ray studies at DESY's PETRA III and other light sources, the scientists detected the formation of previously unobserved iridium hydride at a pressure of 55 gigapascals, corresponding to approximately 550,000 times the Earth's atmospheric pressure. The new material can store up to three times more hydrogen than most other metal hydrides.

Posted: Nov 20th, 2013

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Hydrogen economy - promise of solid oxide electrolysers

Scientists initiated the RELHY project to overcome the challenges of integrating currently in-use solid oxide electrolyte cells (SOECs) into industrially-relevant efficient, cost-effective and durable stacks. The research and development team focused on optimisation of cell materials and innovative SOE stack designs.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2013

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Greener engine designs from advanced predictive tools

The development of combustion engines is under increasingly stringent constraints with regard to fuel efficiency and emissions. Advanced modelling tools will help meet performance objectives starting from the early phases of design.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2013

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Making greenhouses greener

The EU-funded 'Efficient use of input in protected horticulture' (EUPHOROS) project was established to develop a greenhouse system that does not rely on fossil fuels.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2013

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Renewable energy from existing high-rise buildings

The 'Resource and cost-effective integration of renewables in existing high-rise buildings' (COST-EFFECTIVE) project developed five new facade components and systems. Each system was customised according to the building under consideration, taking into consideration size, wind load and safety barrier function.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2013

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Converting natural gas to liquid transportation fuels via biological organisms

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories will use their expertise in protein expression, enzyme engineering and high-throughput assays as part of a multiproject, $34 million effort by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) aimed at developing advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2013

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