University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car tire’s rolling friction. Xudong Wang, the Harvey D. Spangler fellow and an associate professor of materials science and engineering at UW-Madison, and his PhD student Yanchao Mao have been working on this device for about a […]

University of Arkansas (UA) engineering researchers have invented a novel electrical power converter system that simultaneously accepts power from a variety of energy sources and converts it for use on the electric grid system. With the U.S. moving toward integration of renewable energy sources to the national power grid innovations in the field are critical. […]

Researchers at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) have patented a passive cooling system for computer processors using 3M’s Fluorinert FC-72. The press release calculation has it that the passive cooler could save U.S. consumers more than $6.3 billion per year in energy costs associated with running their computer’s cooling fans. The system, while clever, […]

Researchers at Temple University have shown that a strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings in oil transport. Rongjia Tao proposed in 2006 a more efficient way of improving flow rates by applying an electric field to the oil. The idea […]

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found the first direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter known as the “pseudogap” competes with high-temperature superconductivity. The pseudogap takes electrons from superconducting materials that otherwise might pair up to carry current through a material with 100% efficiency. The […]

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