3D Graphene Could Make Solar Cells Cheaper News & Analysis 8/26/2013 16 comments Michigan Tech has created a novel 3D graphene material that can replace the expensive precious metals in solar cells as well as improve battery performance and perhaps even enable less expensive superconductors.
Flow Batteries Going Grid Scale News & Analysis 8/21/2013 27 comments A new flow battery from MIT aims for grid-scale applications by storing energy from solar arrays and wind farms during lulls and then supplying it during peak demand.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT News & Analysis 8/15/2013 17 comments ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.