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ELEKTRO 6/2018 was released on June 6th 2018. Its digital version will be available on June 26th 2018.

Topic: Rotating electrical machines, drives and power electronics; Electromobility

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Energy platform for vehicle-to-grid/home system
Smart Cities (part 2 – volume 2)

Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep

24.07.2014 |

At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States. As one of several "Thiel Fellows," proud received a $100,000 grantfrom esteemed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to skip college, move to San Francisco, and start working in tech. Thiel didn’t expect anything in return, and Proud didn’t deliver — until now. Proud, now 22, is today announcing Hello Inc and its first product Sense, a glowing polycarbonate orb that monitors sleep patterns and everything that…

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Germany most energy efficient nation

22.07.2014 |

Germany is the world's most energy efficient nation with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday. The study of 16 major economies by the Washington-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Mexico last and voiced concern about the pace of efforts by the United States and Australia. The council gave Germany the top score as it credited Europe's largest economy for its mandatory codes on residential…

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A Supercharging Milestone

21.07.2014 |

In June, Tesla’s Supercharger network passed a charging milestone, delivering more than 1 GWh of energy to Model S vehicles in a single month. That energy accounts for a collective 3.7 million miles driven, 168,000 gallons of gas saved, and 4.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide offset. That’s like driving to the moon and back seven and a half times, and nixing a day’s worth of CO2 from 73,684 Americans. Tesla’s Supercharger network is now the largest fast-charging network on the planet. It’s…

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LG Display Unveils 18-inch Flexible and Transparent OLED Panels

17.07.2014 |

LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it has developed a 18-inch flexible OLED panel that is rollable as well as a 18-inch transparent OLED panel. With these new panels, LG Display shows that it has already acquired fundamental technologies to lead the large-sized flexible and transparent display market. The flexible OLED panel has a high-definition class resolution of 1200 X 810 with almost 1 million mega-pixels. The panel’s curvature radius…

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With Skylake, Intel wants to abolish all PC cables by 2015. What a terrible idea

17.07.2014 |

At Computex 2014, Intel has indicated that its next-gen Skylake platform — the new microarchitecture tock after Broadwell — will enable new PC designs that are completely cable-free. Intel will use WiGig for wireless “docking” to peripherals and streaming media, and Rezence for wirelesss power transfer. Eventually, we might move towards a future where your PC’s only cables are inside the case. Obviously this is slightly different from the previous dream of using a single, awesome ultra-high…

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Raspberry Pi launches Model B+ with extra USB ports, microSD support

15.07.2014 |

The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced an upgraded version of its Model B, called Model B+, which is described as the "final evolution" of the first-generation Raspberry Pi. The hardware now offers two more USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card reader and 14 more GPIO pins, making a total of 40 on the board. In order to achieve this, however, some sacrifices had to be made, including a new layout which promises to be both "neater," but may not fit your current cases. The outfit has also merged the…

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Nikola Tesla Grand Tour by atlasobscura.com

14.07.2014 |

In honor of Tesla Day - Nikola's birthday - atlasobscura.com has assembled a catalogue of places to visit and pay your respects to the multi-national brilliant engineer, the original mad scientist, and New York City pigeon lover. So you can virtually visit and learn about Tesla's birthplace museum in Croatia, Tesla's Wardeclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, New York, US, Griffith Park's Tesla coil in California, Nikola Telsa Plaque on the Radio Wave Building in NYC, Niagara Tesla Monument in…

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10Gbps over a copper telephone line: A new world record set by Bell Labs

11.07.2014 |

The telecommunications masters at Bell Labs have managed to deliver a world record connection speed of 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) over copper wires. Dubbed XG.fast, the new technology could be used to massively extend the life of existing copper wireline networks, offering telecom companies an alternative to laying costly fiber-optic networks to billions of homes that already have a telephone line — but more importantly, it might mean you finally get a serious upgrade from your ~10Mbps ADSL or ~50Mbps…

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USC Scientists Create New Battery That’s Cheap, Clean, Rechargeable… and Organic

07.07.2014 |

Scientists at USC have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting, built from cheap, eco-friendly components. The new battery – which uses no metals or toxic materials – is intended for use in power plants, where it can make the energy grid more resilient and effic ient by creating a large-scale means to store energy for use as needed. “The batteries last for about 5,000 recharge cycles, giving them an estimated 15-year lifespan,” said Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry…

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Toyota develops high-efficiency ‘free piston’ no-crankshaft combustion engine… to power an EV

07.07.2014 |

A new free piston engine linear generator (FPEG) from Toyota Central in Maine appeared on YouTube. The piston is called “free” because there is no crankshaft. On its power stroke, the piston dumps its kinetic energy into the fixed windings which surround it, generating a shot of three-phase AC electricity. It can be run sparkless through a diesel cycle or run on standard gasoline. What has folks excited is the claimed thermal efficiency for the device — at 42% it blows away the engines used…

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Russian scientists raising funds to rebuild Tesla Tower, satisfy world energy hunger

06.07.2014 |

Two Russian physicists are fundraising to realize their project for wireless energy transmission once proposed by brilliant 20th-century scientist Nikola Tesla. Solar panels and an upgraded Tesla Tower could solve global energy hunger, they say. Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, graduates of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, claim they have spent years scrutinizing the Nikola Tesla’s patents and diaries and they believe that with his most ambitious project – transcontinental wireless…

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Affordable Tesla Will Be Built Mostly Of Steel, Priced “Realistically”

04.07.2014 |

Elon Musk has said time and again that Tesla is building a BMW 3-series rival with 200 miles of range priced around $35,000. To keep costs down, the car formerly known Tesla Model E will be made mostly from steel, and priced realistically compared to established rivals, it was revealed in a recent interview with AutoCar. Speaking to the British car magazine about the Model E, former Aston Martin executive and current Tesla VP of engineering Chris Porritt said that: “I expect there will be…

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Cree and Musco Team Up to Transform Lighting of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

03.07.2014 |

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently completed its LED lighting overhaul to the East Span of the iconic San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. After three years of testing and designing custom fixtures, Musco Lighting provided an energy-efficient LED lighting solution featuring Cree® (Nasdaq: CREE) XLamp® XM-L LEDs to illuminate the picturesque suspension tower and bridge deck. In total, the bridge now employs nearly 1,600 custom-built LED light fixtures, leveraging more…

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Alcoa and Phinergy Debut Electric Car with Aluminum-Air Battery at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

01.07.2014 |

Alcoa and clean technology company Phinergy debuted a zero-emissions electric demo car powered by a revolutionary aluminum-air battery at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal. Alcoa and Phinergy are collaborating on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminum-air battery, which can extend the distance an electric car travels by approximately 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) ... read more

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FlyKly - the Smart Wheel

30.06.2014 |

Move through busy city streets in no time and spare your energy with the help of Smart Wheel, a pedal assist that encases an ultra-thin electric motor and intelligent electronics within a robust housing, neatly fitted onto the spokes of a bicycle rim. It fits practically any bicycle frame and helps you use your bike more efficiently and comfortably, when and where you need it ... read more

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