The battery will look like a microchip, but with a vibrating core, and it will harness energy from almost anything that shakes. Applications for the self-charging batteries include smart energy systems for industrial equipment, lighting control, infrastructure applications for monitoring the structural integrity of bridges and roads, and energy for monitoring onboard vehicle systems.
The memorandum establishes the framework for MicroGen systems to receive critical financial support from the NYSTAR-designated Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) for the project with the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) and emc2.
Paul Mutolo, Cornell researcher and the director of external partnerships for the Energy Materials Center at Cornell, said that green energy start-up companies align with the goals of CFES and emc2. He said: “Companies like MicroGen help our local community build and retain high-value jobs, and their technology will help us transition to a smarter, more efficient energy system. MicroGen is looking forward to strong growth, we are delighted to have them as one of our collaborating companies."
Edward Reinfurt, executive director of NYSTAR said, “NYSTAR is pleased to have a part in this special partnership between MicroGen Systems LLC and Cornell’s Energy Materials Center, one of five designated Energy Frontier Research Centers in New York State.”
"The story of MicroGen Systems involves many collaborations including work with the NYSTAR supported Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility and receiving financial support from the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) a NYSTAR designed Center for Advanced Technology (CAT),” said Reinfurt.
The collaboration is the kind of cooperative work suggested by the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through industry-higher education partnerships.
Reinfurt said, “This is a critical component to the future of the innovation economy in New York State.”
Robert Andosca, founder and president of MicroGen said: "Overcoming the battery bottleneck is key. Providing a green, virtually infinite power source to replace traditional energy sources will significantly expand applications for wireless sensor networks and other technologies. Our micro-generator technology will enable the wireless sensor network industry to grow significantly."
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Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...
Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...
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