Archive for May 3rd, 2013

Many of the nation’s small business owners do not understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact their company and staff once provisions of the law are in full effect in 2014, according to a recent survey. Read more

Credit: Markuso.

Credit: Markuso.

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DoE) recently announced it will fund up to $13 million to develop and test advanced components and technologies to boost the performance of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems. The DoE will select up to 10 awards aimed at developing advanced controls, power systems, and device structures specifically for MHK applications, which harness energy from waves, tides, or currents.

The new funding opportunity will support projects that increase the power-to-weight ratio of MHK devices or improve system reliability through investment in three component technologies. Read more

Credit: University of Queensland

Si -Graphene anode micro

A micrograph of silicon-graphene. Credit: XG Sciences.

When the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DoE) first put together their Electric Vehicle Roadmap, speculating as to what the next generation of lithium-ion batteries might look like, they suggested silicon anodes. It has been well known for some time that silicon can store a great deal of lithium, an attribute that could provide a lithium battery with unprecedented storage capacity.

The problem was that no one knew how to make one of those that wouldn’t self-destruct after a few dozen cycles. Technically speaking, the term is self-pulverization, which comes about as the result of the silicon swelling in size when loading up with lithium, and then shrinking back down when unloaded. Read more

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