A first in Canada, the Alberta Research Council (ARC) reached a milestone in the technical development of its own version of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. ARC scientists are developing a proprietary micro solid oxide fuel cell (µ-SOFC) source of energy for small-scale portable applications such as laptops or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
"This is an important milestone as we pursue our strategic initiative in fuel cell technologies," says John Zhou, manager, Advanced Materials business unit. "Alternative energy technologies are becoming increasingly important in today’s world and we need to research options that have practical applications."
Research scientists in ARC’s Advanced Materials business unit have constructed a working demonstration unit able to power a small electric fan. The single cell consists of a small hollow ceramic tube that is two millimetres in diameter and two centimetres in active length. ARC’s fuel cell demo unit uses hydrogen gas as a fuel, but could be adapted to run on a variety of fuels including natural gas, butane or propane. This "flexible fuel" application of fuel cell technology is considered to be more environmentally friendly due to lower emissions of CO2, a known contributor to greenhouse gases.
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The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.
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With innovative experiments, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht and the Technical University Hamburg unravel why tiny metallic structures are extremely strong
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An interdisciplinary group of researchers interfaced individual bacteria with a computer to build a hybrid bio-digital circuit - Study published in Nature Communications
Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a...
Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (run jointly by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics) have developed an attosecond electron microscope that allows them to visualize the dispersion of light in time and space, and observe the motions of electrons in atoms.
The most basic of all physical interactions in nature is that between light and matter. This interaction takes place in attosecond times (i.e. billionths of a...
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