Shaping the Future of Energy Storage

(DGIwire) – Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) because they pack a powerful punch—with what’s called a “high energy density.” But they also contain highly flammable chemicals, called electrolytes, that can become unsafe if overcharged. While work is ongoing to address this problem, another solution has presented itself: supercapacitors, […]

3D-Printed Metal Parts Take to the Skies

(DGIwire) – The aviation industry is paying more attention than ever before to the potential of 3D metal printing. That is the message of a recent article in InsideMRO, which notes that the industry’s focus is moving beyond aircraft engines to a variety of other components and structures. Various aviation companies have already begun printing […]

Powering Up Now: The Global Electric Vehicle Market

(DGIwire) – Things are moving quickly in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). According to a recent industry report from Frost & Sullivan, global sales of EVs are poised to climb to 1.6 million in 2018 and further upward to two million in 2019. EV sales across all major regional markets are on the upswing; […]

Can Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Drive On?

(DGIwire) – With the goal of going green and improving air quality, the UK government announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040. Good for the environment? Yes. But will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be one distinct tax challenge […]

Charging That Electric Vehicle? Soon It Might Not Take as Long

(DGIwire) – The UK government recently announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040, according to a recent article in TransportXtra. Good for the environment? Yes. Will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be three distinct challenges to overcome, writes Stephen […]

Can Algae Keep Animal Feed Antibiotic-Free?

(DGIwire) – For whom are the majority of antibiotics sold? Not humans—but farm animals. As recently noted by STAT, livestock and poultry producers have come to rely on medicated feeds and routine administration of antibiotics to promote growth and productivity. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication in animal feed can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria […]

Buying an Electric Vehicle? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Every driver who decides to “go electric” faces the same anxieties about recharging. As USA Today recently reported, recharging is one of the most complicated parts of owning an electric vehicle (EV), especially since—outside the home garage—charging stations can be few and far between. The good news, reports the newspaper, is that powering […]

Electric Vehicles: Only as Good as Their Batteries

(DGIwire) – Will battery electric vehicles (EVs) save the planet? If they succeed, it will certainly have a lot to do with the kind of batteries they utilize. One of the reason EVs improve on traditional cars is because the latter utilize lead-acid batteries, which—although relatively cheap and recyclable—exploit workers using unsafe methods to do […]

The EV Revolution Is Near: Are Utilities Ready?

(DGIwire) – There has been a steady stream of headlines heralding the dawn of the battery electric vehicle (EV) era. Yet one large piece of the puzzle may still need to fall into place: ensuring that electric utilities are ready. A recent report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), featured on the transportation news […]

Electric Bikes Pedal Toward Future With Carbon-Ion Batteries

(DGIwire) – Most of today’s electric bicycles are powered by lithium-ion batteries. But that technology has its drawbacks. As reported in Electric Bike Action magazine, when some bikes were switched from lead-acid to Li-ion in the early 2000s, the batteries could catch fire, and a few people burned their garages to the ground when charging […]

For Home Inspectors, New Testing Technology Offers Multiple Perks

(DGIwire) – As property owners become ever more aware of environmental issues in their homes, they are demanding more comprehensive property inspections. Ordinarily, this would represent a challenge to North America’s home inspectors, whose ranks number 18,000, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. But new testing technology is now making it possible […]

Unwanted Guests at the Stadium: Drones

(DGIwire) – When baseball fans look up into the sky at a stadium, what they want to see is a fly ball—not a drone. But as recently reported in Venues Today, a drone crashed into the upper deck of San Diego’s Petco Park early in the 2017 season. Previous drones had crashed into Pittsburgh’s PNC […]

Using Algae to Promote Animal Health

(DGIwire) – In the ongoing quest to improve animal health, one of the most promising avenues involves phytogenics: the use of plant-derived products in animal feed. A recent article in Animal Pharm spotlighted how algae can be harnessed to develop a pipeline of beneficial product candidates. According to the magazine, significant strides have been made […]

Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on Planes: What’s Going On?

(DGIwire) – Malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries have caused an alarming increase in the number of smoke and fire incidents on airplanes, according to a recent article in Consumer Reports. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that, on average, one of these fires occurs every 10 days. Any given flight might contain hundreds of Li-ion cells in phones […]

General Motors Predicts Electric Cars Profitable by 2021

(DGIwire) – “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” runs the old quip. Yet General Motors CEO Mary Barra isn’t afraid to offer one bold prediction. According to Reuters, she has promised investors that the Detroit automaker will make money selling electric cars by 2021. As Reuters reports, GM’s strategy for doing so will […]

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