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Brother's AA-size Vibration Energy Cell battery prototype whose generator and rechargeable battery are installed in two different cases (Image: Tech-On ) A number of kinetic energy chargers have been hitting the market in recent years including the nPower PEG . Researchers have also been working to improve the technology, developing such devices as the Kinetic Energy Cell and a tiny generator that derives electrical energy from the vibrations and movements that occur within its environment.
(PhysOrg.com) -- NEC, which has been working on what is called "organic radical battery" (ORB) technology for some years , has announced its latest ORB breakthrough, the 0.3mm thick ORB. According to Geek.com, the output rated as 5kW/L with a capacity of 3mAh.
Researchers at Rice University in Texas have created a paintable battery that can be used anywhere.
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$55 million in taxpayer money down Obama’s green rathole. BusinessWeek reports ,
In the last few years, there has been considerable effort by various companies to make “perpetually powered” and battery-free systems which operate from ambient energy. the key integrated circuits (ICs) needed to develop such a system are ultra-low-power microprocessors, radios, and power-management ICs (PMICs). While considerable progress has been made in the field of low-power microprocessors and radios, only recently have PMICs suited for energy harvesting applications started appearing in the market. This article provides a quick introduction to some of the ambient energy sources available followed by a detailed discussion of factors to be considered when choosing a PMIC for these energy sources.
Powerlines (Thomas Lohnes/DDP/ Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Battery chargers aren’t the most energy efficient devices and their growing presence in homes has a state energy commission concerned.
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Ahlstrom acquires 49% stake in US Li-ion battery separator company Porous Power Technologies Finland-based Ahlstrom, a global high-performance materials company, has signed an agreement to invest in Porous Power Technologies, LLC, a US-based developer of highly porous, laminable separator membranes for Li-ion batteries. ( Earlier post .) Under the agreement, Ahlstrom will subscribe for approximately 49% of the shares in Porous Power while the remaining 51% of the shares will be held by the current owners of Porous Power. Ahlstrom has an option to acquire the remaining shares at a later stage. Battery separators, which keep the anode and cathode from touching each other and short-circuiting, are vitally important in the performance and safety of electric vehicles. Ahlstrom has been developing lightweight non-woven materials for lithium-ion membrane separators since 2008 and has worked closely with Porous Power for several years.
From your gadget-obsessed sister (who lives for her iPad) to your garden-obsessed uncle (who thinks apple is a fruit) A special report The iPad and iPhone have great battery life, but sometimes life still outruns lithium ion. While an increasing number of planes and trains have power outlets, many still don't, which means you can get stuck with no juice at precisely the time (a transcontinental flight, say) that you don't want to be. That's why we're recommending the New Trent IMP99D , a simple gadget that serves as a USB charger and spare battery for your devices. For a little more than $60, you can extend the battery life of your iPhone 4 more than 6 times. New Trent says that you can use your phone for 45 hours using its battery without plugging it in.
Apple Certified Battery Case for iPad 2 Released by MiLi Power MiLi®, specialized in design and development of digital battery and charging solutions, announces the release of the MiLi Power iBox as of 12/8/11. The iPad 2 battery case has been Apple Certified and will be showcased at CES 2012 early next month. With MiLi’s intelligent design, Power iBox stays thin and slim while doubling the battery life of the iPad 2. Available initially in silver at http://www.MiLiPower.com for $139.99, the MiLi Power iBox delivers an affordable power solution for the Apple iPad 2 in a sleek protective case.
PHOTO CAPTION: Suzuki e-Lets Scooter Electric e-Lets scooter has range of up to 30 km and speed of 30 km/h on level roads. Suzuki Motor Corporation will launch the e-Let's, an electric scooter which has an enhanced usability by equipping a detachable battery, while keeping the user-friendliness of a 50cm3 engine powered scooter. The e-Let's will be launched on 9 January, 2012*1. The e-Let's has been developed as an electric scooter which realizes low noise, low vibration, and zero-emission environmental performance.
Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- American Vanadium Corp., building the only vanadium mine in the U.S., has held talks with Sumitomo Corp. and United Technologies Corp. about using the metal for batteries used to store renewable energy.