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Developing new high-performance energy storage units for hybrid vehicles

So far, hybrid technology has always had a storage problem. Scientists from three Fraunhofer Institutes are developing new storage modules in a project called 'Electromobility Fleet Test'. The pilot project was launched by Volkswagen and Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment BMU together with seven other partners.

Posted: Aug 14th, 2008

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Scientists put a (nano) spring in their step

A team of Clemson University researchers has invented a way to make beds of tiny, shock-absorbing carbon springs which possibly could be used to protect delicate objects from damaging impacts.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2008

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Nanoscale catalysts turn waste material into ethanol

By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, researchers hope to create ethanol from a wide range of biomass, including distiller's grain left over from ethanol production, corn stover from the field, grass, wood pulp, animal waste, and garbage.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2008

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