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Comment by Chris on October 3, 2017 at 5:33am

Batteries made with asphalt can charge in 5 minutes

Lithium batteries made with asphalt could charge 10 to 20 times faster than the commercial lithium-ion batteries currently available. The researchers developed anodes comprising porous carbon made from asphalt that show exceptional stability after more than 500 charge-discharge cycles. A high-current density of 20 milliamps per square centimeter demonstrates the material’s promise for use in rapid charge and discharge devices that require high-power density. “The capacity of these batteries is enormous, but what is equally remarkable is that we can bring them from zero charge to full charge in five minutes, rather than the typical two hours or more needed with other batteries,” says James Tour, the chair in chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University. The Tour lab previously used a derivative of asphalt—specifically, untreated gilsonite, the same type used for the battery—to capture greenhouse gases from natural gas. This time, the researchers mixed asphalt with conductive graphene nanoribbons and coated the composite with lithium metal through electrochemical deposition. The lab combined the anode with a sulfurized-carbon cathode to make full batteries for testing. The batteries showed a high-power density of 1,322 watts per kilogram and high-energy density of 943 watt-hours per kilogram. Testing revealed another significant benefit: The carbon mitigated the formation of lithium dendrites. These mossy deposits invade a battery’s electrolyte. If they extend far enough, they short-circuit the anode and cathode and can cause the battery to fail, catch fire, or explode. But the asphalt-derived carbon prevents any dendrite formation. An earlier project by the lab found that an anode of graphene and carbon nanotubes also prevented the formation of dendrites. Tour says the new composite is simpler. “While the capacity between the former and this new battery is similar, approaching the theoretical limit of lithium metal, the new asphalt-derived carbon can take up more lithium metal per unit area, and it is much simpler and cheaper to make,” he says. “There is no chemical vapor deposition step, no e-beam deposition step, and no need to grow nanotubes from graphene, so manufacturing is greatly simplified.” The research appears in the journal ACS Nano. Rice graduate student Tuo Wang is lead author of the paper. Additional coauthors of the paper are from Rice University; the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and Wuhan University, China. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, EMD-Merck, and Prince Energy supported the research. Source: Rice University Original Study DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b05874

Comment by Chris on December 12, 2016 at 3:09pm

Sun Roof: Solar Panel Shingles Come Down in Price, Gain in Popularity

Photovoltaic roof shingles, which are tax-subsidized and easier to install than bolt-on panels, have become a viable option for homeowners looking to lower their electric bills

Comment by Anti_Doone on December 31, 2013 at 12:01pm

13-year old outsmarts lions with bright invention

13-year old outsmarts lions with bright invention

Kenyan teen Richard Turere created a lion deterrent system using broken flashlight and motorcycle parts to protect his father’s herd of cows. The device also helps to save the endangered lions by preventing fatal conflict with humans.

Comment by Anti_Doone on December 4, 2013 at 5:18pm

Reinventing The Wheel

DEC 4 2013 @ 3:41PM

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Liat Clark investigates a new idea from collaborators at the MIT SENSEable City Laboratory: the Copenhagen Wheel, a “smart” wheel “that can be attached to almost any bike, transforming it into an electric hybrid that powers up seamlessly when you need it most”:

Comment by Anti_Doone on November 14, 2013 at 2:51pm
Comment by Anti_Doone on November 13, 2013 at 5:33am

2013-11-01 NEXT WINS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, CHANGSHA MEIXI LAKE

NEXT architects is awarded a first prize in an international competition in Meixi Lake besides Changsha capital of Hunan province in China. NEXT designed a bridge that is more than just a connection.  The pedestrian bridge is one of the key projects within the Dragon King Harbor River development part of the vast development of the new lake district. Construction is scheduled for next year.

The bridge is the key project for the development of the public space of the river park with recreational, ecological and touristic program. “The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring,” states Michel Schreinemachers. “On the other hand it refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art,” adds John van de Water.

With a total span of more than 150 meter and 24 meters high, the bridge connects a diversity of routings on different heights. The iconic appearance contributes to the developing identity of the area and with its lighting contributes to the whole light routing along the river. It provides both a view on the Dragon King Harbor River as well as Meixi Lake, Changsha and it surrounding mountains.

Comment by Davy on October 26, 2013 at 9:58pm

Yes! Windows still calls the Main Internal  HD the "C" drive and any other drives added become the "D" "E" "F" etc drives. this includes your CD Drives and any external usb sticks plugged in to your computer. 

Comment by Chris on October 26, 2013 at 9:13pm

Does windows still call the internal hard drive the C drive? Or can you actually name it as you have been able to do with Macs?

Comment by Chris on October 26, 2013 at 9:03pm

ver Considered Biking Across the Bay to Work? Check Out this Water ...

One Bay Area commuter is urging cities around San Francisco to invest in alternative commute methods, such as his water bike.

Comment by Davy on October 20, 2013 at 2:27pm

Just like the old thermionic valve radios  had an "A" and "B" batteries in them. This nomenclature carried over to transistors which made it hard to understand how a transistor work. But that was all cleared up when I did the electronic phase of my Aircraft Electrician course!

 
 
 

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