innovation

EEI 2015: Why Elon Musk thinks the future is bright for utilities | Utility Dive

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Interview with Elon Musk and SoCal CEO Ted Craver on Utility Dive, excellent read The key, Musk said, is the shift toward an electricity-based economy. As consumers transition from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric ones, Musk predicted that electricity demand would double or more, creating a huge new market for utility services. In the long run, distributed generation will likely account for about a third of electricity generation, Musk said, so there will still be plenty of need for central station power and the grid. Source: EEI 2015: Why Elon Musk thinks the future is bright for utilities | Utility Dive

Researchers Use Graphene to Push the Speed Limit of Light to Electricity Conversion – Solar Thermal Magazine

June 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The ultrafast creation of a photovoltage in graphene is possible due to the extremely fast and efficient interaction between all conduction band carriers in graphene. This interaction leads to a rapid creation of an electron distribution with an elevated electron temperature. Thus, the energy absorbed from light is efficiently and rapidly converted into electron heat. Next, the electron heat is converted into a voltage at the interface of two graphene regions with different doping. This photo-thermoelectric Source: Researchers Use Graphene to Push the Speed Limit of Light to Electricity Conversion – Solar Thermal Magazine

API Economy – what it really is all about? | Mariusz Brylant | LinkedIn

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The role of the CIO and CTO seems to be changing from Information and Technology management to Innovation and Transformation leadership. IT leaders and their departments are increasingly engaging with business representatives to inspire and drive their companies towards new digital frontiers. One of the main areas where IT departments are attempting to assume the driving position is the API Economy. Source: API Economy – what it really is all about? | Mariusz Brylant | LinkedIn

Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing – BBC News

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg has begun his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane. The experimental aircraft, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, left Nanjing at 02:39 (18:39 GMT). It is likely to take Mr Borschberg five to six days of continuous flight to reach his central Pacific destination. Source: Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing – BBC News

Scientists have built the world’s thinnest electric generator – and it’s only one atom wide

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Scientists have built the world’s thinnest electric generator – and it’s only one atom wide. “This material – just a single layer of atoms – could be made as a wearable device, perhaps integrated into clothing, to convert energy from your body movement to electricity and power wearable sensors or medical devices, or perhaps supply enough energy to charge your cell phone in your pocket,” said James Hone, professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia engineering and co-leader of the research