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Nano-tuned Solar Cells
Nano-tuned Solar Cells The sun has enough power to supply the whole earth with energy. But as long as renewable energy is more expensive than energy produced by coal or nuclear plants, solar energy won’t be first choice.
Nanotechnological innovations can improve water purification
Nanotechnological innovations can improve water purification Membranes for water purification are used in many applications and different types of membranes are being developed at the moment. No membrane can filter and purify water entirely, but improvements using novel kinds of membranes are made.
Prof. Ivo Rangelow: “Scanning nanocomponents’ surfaces at the atomic level will enable more efficient electronic devices”
Prof. Ivo Rangelow: “Scanning nanocomponents’ surfaces at the atomic level will enable more efficient electronic devices” Prof Ivo Rangelow from the University of Ilmenau is the Scientific Vice Coordinator of the EU research project PRONANO. Researchers of the European project PRONANO have developed a new technology to examine surfaces at the atomic level.
New synthetic hydrogels in 3-D cell culture on the market
New synthetic hydrogels in 3-D cell culture on the market Dr. Brigitte Angres and Dr. Helmut Wurst earlier worked on the development of synthetic hydrogels in 3-D cell culture at the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen in Germany, with financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Synthetic hydrogels improve testing of active substances in 3-D cell culture
Synthetic hydrogels improve testing of active substances in 3-D cell culture Many researchers culture cells in flat dishes, two-dimensional culture systems. A disadvantage is that the cells behave differently than they would in a living organism.
The 3D Nanoscanner
The 3D Nanoscanner Researchers from the Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies in Ilmenau, Germany have developed the new scanning device with a set of highly sensitive needles or cantilevers , each of which is only a few microns wide.
Specialized invisible needles make us see surfaces at the nanoscale
Specialized invisible needles make us see surfaces at the nanoscale A cantilever is a very thin single needle currently used for quality control at the nanoscale, but to improve and speed up the process scientists are developing an array of needles, a cantilever array, functioning simultaneously.
Barriers in bringing nanotechnological innovations to the market
Barriers in bringing nanotechnological innovations to the market Researchers who need help with bringing their innovations to the market can get assistance from established offices of technology transfer .
Dr. Jörg WIND: “Performance of vehicles with fuel cells is twice as high as those with combustion engines, but safety issues cannot be neglected”
Dr. Jörg WIND: “Performance of vehicles with fuel cells is twice as high as those with combustion engines, but safety issues cannot be neglected” The European HySYS project aims to take stock of the elements needed to manufacture an electric vehicle whose electricity is generated by a fuel cell. The fuel cell on board is powered by air and hydrogen.
Hydrogen: The Green Fuel Of The Future
Hydrogen: The Green Fuel Of The Future Together the engineers worked on the fuel cell propulsion system by upgrading the air supply, integrating a humidification system, redesigning the hydrogen supply line and developing a hydrogen sensor concept.
Dr Thomas Hipke: “Aluminium foam to create a new generation of lightweight construction ships”
Dr Thomas Hipke: “Aluminium foam to create a new generation of lightweight construction ships” The vessel Hintsanen designed fulfils all necessary requirements: It has a capacity of over 5000 m3 and runs with natural liquid gas (LNG) to avoid any pollution in case of a spill.
Sponge Metal Ships
Sponge Metal Ships Lighter ships mean more freight, less trips and therefore less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Veikko Hintsanen, a captain from Finland, and the researchers from Fraunhofer have designed a “Bioship” based on the new material.
A new material to cut the weight of ships by 30%
A new material to cut the weight of ships by 30% The new material is lighter than water and has a high stiffness . Within seconds a cube made from aluminum starts to inflate into the shape of a sponge under the impact of heat.
Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells: an alternative and cleaner power supply for ships
Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells: an alternative and cleaner power supply for ships The research into molten carbonate fuel cells has it origins as early as the 1930s, Emil Baur and H.Preis in Switzerland experimented with high-temperature, solid oxide electrolytes.
Monitoring dangerous vehicles whilst in motion
Monitoring dangerous vehicles whilst in motion Overloaded trucks may cause excessive damage to the road infrastructure and lead to road accidents. For this purpose, there are strict government regulations imposed regarding permissible loads on the truck and its distribution.
Automated Truck Inspection
Automated Truck Inspection German highway engineers have set up a new system of cameras and sensors in the ground – to determine weight, speed and even state of the wheels and brakes.
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure?
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure? Spinal cord repair focuses on finding ways to make axons regrow and connect properly, replace damaged neurons, protect surviving neurons from further injury and retrain neural circuits to repair body functions.
Nano Filtered Water
Nano Filtered Water The filter could be used to recycle sewage on a space station, but the main focus is the use of ultra pure water in the fabrication of semiconductors.
Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways”
Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways” By comparing the weights of latest Volkswagen Golf VI with its predecessor Golf I, built in 1978, the scale shows the difference: Golf I weighs 880 kilograms, Golf VI lets the numbers on the scale rise to 1.
Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions”
Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions” The European Union has set a standard that emissions may not exceed an average of 130 grams CO2 per kilometre. This corresponds to the consumption of approximately 4,5 litres of fuel per 100km.
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