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[28 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Swiss Team Unveils Solar-Powered Aircraft

Technology.am (June 28, 2009) — Swiss scientist-adventurer, round-the-world balloooning pioneer and pilot Bertrand Piccard unveiled solar-powered aircraft in Switzerland.
After six years of development, the wasp-shaped prototype of Solar Impulse, with the wingspan of a jumbo jet, was rolled out at an airfield near Zurich.
He said, “If an aircraft is able to fly day and night without fuel, propelled solely by solar energy, let no one come and claim that it is impossible to do the same thing for motor vehicles, heating and air conditioning systems and computers.”
The carbon fibre concentrate …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Fujitsu Develops World’s First Gallium-Nitride HEMT for Power Supply

Technology.am (june 15, 2009) — Fujitsu announced the development of a new structure for gallium-nitride (GaN) high electron-mobility transistors (HEMT) that can minimize power loss in power supplies.
The new technology blocks the flow of current from power supplies in stand-by mode and produces high-density current when turned on.
It has the potential to cut power consumption of electronic equipment by one-third. If applied to data centers, Fujitsu’s new GaN HEMT would be able to reduce total power consumption by 12%.
Power supplies take the alternating-current (AC) power from a wall outlet and …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Microsoft Launches Home Energy Monitoring Tool

Technology.am (June 25, 2009) — Microsoft launched a free online home energy monitoring tool. Its latest program Microsoft Hohm, an application that lets people monitors their electricity and natural gas consumption while providing energy-efficient solutions.
The name “Hohm” is derived from the electrical measuring unit “ohm.” The program was developed using licensed data from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy, according to Microsoft. Microsoft Hohm is available as a beta, or test, version in the US at microsoft-hohm.com.
“Microsoft Hohm demonstrates how a combination …

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[24 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]
IBM and ETH Zurich Unveil Plan to Build New Kind of Water-Cooled Supercomputer

Technology.am (June 24, 2009) — To make computing systems and data centers energy-efficient is a staggering undertaking. Up to 50% percent of an average air-cooled data center’s energy consumption today is not caused by computing but by powering the necessary cooling systems to keep the processors from overheating.
IBM and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) are developing a new kind of water cooled supercomputer that can capture and transport the waste heat from the active components in a computer system as efficiently as possible, and they can reuse …

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[24 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]
Toyota Plans Fuel-Cell Car by 2015

Technology.am (June 24, 2009) — Toyota Motor plans to roll out a fuel-cell car by 2015 in its push to stay ahead in the global race for green autos. It is considered that Fuel-cell technology is an up-to-date solution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions as it generates electricity by combining a fuel — usually hydrogen — with oxygen, and therefore only emits water.
In the US and Japan, Toyota began limited sales of a fuel-cell hybrid vehicle in 2002 using technology from its best-selling Prius hybrids. But carmakers have generally …

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[3 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Amsterdam be the Leader of an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Europe

Technology.am (June 03, 2009) — Amsterdam city plans to be home to 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2012. These 200 stations will use US-based Coulomb Technologies and expected to serve 10,000 cars by the year 2015.
There will be use of 45 Coulomb Technologies‘ ChargePoint(TM) Networked Charging Stations as their source of fuel in the two-year public demonstration program.
The company CEO Richard Lowenthall announced that “the city of Amsterdam will have the largest network of smart charging stations in Europe for fleet and consumer charging.”
He further said, “Coulomb is …

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[3 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Morristown Unveiled its First Publicly Owned Solar Electric Generating System

Technology.am (June 03, 2009) — The Morristown, N.J., Wastewater Treatment Facility has developed the town’s first publicly owned solar electric generating system.
The 578-kilowatt solar installation will provide approximately 40% of the electricity necessary to run the plant from the clean, renewable power of sunlight, saving the town a minimum of $90,000 a year.
In addition, this project will qualify for more than 600 Solar Renewable Energy Certificates per year to help offset the cost of the system.
The entire system will produce more than 635,800 kilowatt hours per year — …

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[1 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Boston Power to build Battery Plant for Cars, Laptops

Technology.am (June 01, 2009) — Battery Company Boston Power plans to build a factory to make lithium-ion batteries for laptops and electric vehicles in the US. It is expected that on Monday the company will disclose the name of its auto battery, called Swing.
The company has applied for $100 million in the program and has lined up $9 million in state loans, according to founder Christina Lampe-Onnerud.
The $2 billion advanced battery manufacturing program was established earlier this year in the stimulus act to promote development of domestic …

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[30 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Zero Pollution Motors to Launch Air-Powered Vehicle in the US by 2011

Technology.am (May 30, 2009) — After the electric, hybrid and also a few solar motors, now engineers are focusing on air-powered vehicles. The Zero Pollution Motors has developed its own compressed-air car, which works by using an air compressor to pressurize air in the car’s tank.
The cost of this car will be around $18,000 to $20,000 when it arrives in the US by 2011.
When the air-powered car is driven at low speeds, the air is released, pushing the pistons up and down as in a conventional gasoline engine without the …