Global approach is needed on battery regulation

New European Union regulations on batteries could offer a huge boost to the global decarbonisation mission – but only if it leverages its political and economic weight to ensure a fairer global marketplace. According to a team of scientists and…

An automated flight control system for drone swarms has been developed

“The project’s main objective is to integrate a certain degree of automation, so that an operator can control a small fleet of up to 10 drones from a single ground station,” says Luis E. Moreno, LABYRINTH’s coordinator and researcher at…

Electric delivery vehicles: When, where, how they’re charged has big impact on greenhouse gas emissi

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and a lot of attention has been devoted to electric passenger vehicles and their potential to help reduce those emissions. But with the rise of…

More EVs could reduce CO2 emissions in Hawaii by 93% in less than 30 years

By 2050, faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and faster generation of renewable energy will result in 99% less fossil fuel consumed and 93% less CO2 emissions from passenger and freight vehicles on O?ahu. That’s under the most ambitious scenario…

Story tips: Powered by nature, get on the bus, accelerating methane and more

Manufacturing – Powered by nature A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated the ability to additively manufacture power poles from bioderived and recycled materials, which could more quickly restore electricity after natural disasters. Using the Big Area…

Researchers develop tool to aid in development, efficiency of hydrogen-powered cars

Widespread adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles over traditional electric vehicles requires fuel cells that can convert hydrogen and oxygen safely into water – a serious implementation problem. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are addressing one aspect of that roadblock…

Studying wombat burrows with WomBot, a remote-controlled robot

A new robot – named WomBot – that can be used to explore and study wombat burrows is presented in a study published in the journal SN Applied Sciences . Wombats reside and sleep in burrows and occupy a different…

Artificial intelligence agreement to advance Army modernization efforts

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The U.S. Army plans to cooperate in artificial intelligence research with teams led by the University of Maryland, College Park and in partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The cooperative agreement brings together a…

Similarity of legs, wheels, tracks suggests target for energy-efficient robots

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – A new formula from Army scientists is leading to new insights on how to build an energy-efficient legged teammate for dismounted warfighters. In a recent peer-reviewed PLOS One paper, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development…

Electric vehicles no environmental savior, could cause power grid problems

As Ford unveils its electric F150, West Virginia University experts note the shift from gasoline-powered engines is not an environmental panacea in the short term, but instead will mean significant and costly upgrades to the nation’s infrastructure. Citing recent events,…

The environmental trade-offs of autonomous vehicles

Optimistic predictions expect reliable autonomous vehicles to be commercially available by 2030, at a time when mobility is undergoing a profound shift away from traditional modes of transportation and towards door-to-door services. Previous analysis suggested that public transport will lose…

The environmental trade-offs of autonomous vehicles

Optimistic predictions expect reliable autonomous vehicles to be commercially available by 2030, at a time when mobility is undergoing a profound shift away from traditional modes of transportation and towards door-to-door services. Previous analysis suggested that public transport will lose…

University of Surrey delivers novel methods to improve the range and safety of e-vehicles

A University of Surrey project has revealed innovative methods that could dramatically improve the performance of future electrical vehicles (e-vehicles). As part of the European Union’s STEVE* project, Surrey has developed several pioneering approaches to torque vectoring in electric vehicles.…

Environmental concerns propel research into marine biofuels

A global effort to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships has researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other Department of Energy facilities investigating the potential use of marine biofuels. “Biofuels turned out to be…

Electric vehicle batteries: The older they get, the safer they are

As part of the project “SafeBattery”, a team from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) has been investigating the behaviour of lithium-based batteries in electric cars under crash loads for the past four years. “The performance of new battery cells…

Was your catalytic converter stolen? Here’s why (video)

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2021 — Catalytic converters cut down on toxic car emissions, and, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, they’re one of the greatest environmental inventions of all time. Today, catalytic converter theft is on the rise, and…

EPSRC-funded research into cyber security risk for low-carbon mobility-as-a-service (MaaS)

A Cranfield-led consortium has won funding that will look into the cyber security risks posed by a digitally-enabled, low-carbon transport service. The funding has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of the UK Research…

Story tips: Mighty Mo material, fueling retooling, goods on the move, doubling concrete and more

Manufacturing – Mighty Mo Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists proved molybdenum titanium carbide, a refractory metal alloy that can withstand extreme temperature environments, can also be crack free and dense when produced with electron beam powder bed fusion. Their finding…

New £1.49 million project to research nuclear decontamination robots

Scientists from Lancaster and Manchester Universities are to investigate the best way to use robots to help clean up radioactivity with a £1.49 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI.

A European monitoring and warning system on natural hazards for aviation

Volcanic eruptions, forest fires, electromagnetic radiation from the Sun or electrical storms, and sandstorms are among the phenomena that may pose a risk to air traffic safety and will be studied within the framework of this project. “Serious damage can…

Big breakthrough for ‘massless’ energy storage

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fibre that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.