Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:21:44 PM.

Future energy
Renewables, fuel cells, hydrogen, and efficiency


daily link  Tuesday, October 19, 2004


NSF Awards on Information Technology Research for National Priorities: A large batch of projects with "total estimated funding of more than $130 million over five years. Projects cover a wide range of topics, including interactive ocean observatories and deep-sea exploration; stress corrosion cracking in materials; protection of critical infrastructures; improvements to healthcare processes; and secure access to confidential social science data. .. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University received a $2.2 million award to develop new approaches to modeling and controlling the electric power grid. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, are leading a $3.4 million effort to monitor and protect the Internet's Domain Name System, key to maintaining the reliability and stable evolution of the Internet. And in a $2.3 million project at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, researchers are working to develop new collaboration technologies for disaster relief and recovery in urban settings... "  Health care, business processes, and large databases also get attention.  (Thanks to Roland Piquepaille, who provides more coverage on the undersea Internet instrumentation project.)

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Jet Engine on a Chip: MIT's Alan Epstein has micro turbines in his lab that should generate up to 20 watts.   Like fuel cells, they can replace batteries, or provide emergency or off-grid power when scaled up or connected in clusters.   Micro turbines would be smaller and lighter than fuel cells, and more tolerant of impurities in the fuel.  7:40:06 PM  permalink  

 
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