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New focus at green technology event: ‘off grid energy independence’

New focus at green technology event: ‘off grid energy independence’
The IDTechEx Show serves its 2,500 delegates with a combination of closely related topics from sensors, flexible electronics, bioelectronics and IoT to energy storage and electric vehicles. As usual, this year’s event in Berlin 11th-12th April 2018 has important adjustments to reflect important new trends. For example, there is now an 'Off Grid Energy Independence' conference in the nine parallel conferences offered.
8th March 2018

Are self healing triboelectrics on the way up?

Are self healing triboelectrics on the way up?
  Analysts at IDTechEx have appraised the technology and potential commercialisation of triboelectrics, which is a new form of energy harvesting based on similar materials and think there is potential for partnerships. There has been considerable progress with self-healing polymers just lately, with the researchers dreaming of use in regular tires and phones.
4th January 2018

Are EIVs a reality or a wild-eyed dream?

Are EIVs a reality or a wild-eyed dream?
  The industry may have to rethink the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure warns IDTechEx, as multiple energy harvesting leads to Energy Independent electric Vehicles (EIV) range being thousands of kilometres.
8th September 2017


Solar and wind power reinvented: latest news

Virtually all of the grid capacity being added in the world is renewable or nuclear nowadays. Solar and wind met 10% of electricity demand in March 2017 in the USA. Hydro electricity from a wet spring season on the West Coast, which alone provided more than 10% of the nation’s electricity, as well as biomass and geothermal power, all renewable energy sources combined met 24% of electric demand in March and if we add in the 20% we get from nuclear power, 44% of electricity demand in the USA was met with non-fossil fuel electrons. By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
28th June 2017

Using drones to harness the power of the wind

Using drones to harness the power of the wind
A new report has been published by IDTechEx Research into the feasibility of Airborne Wind Energy (AWE), a system that uses UAVs, or drones, to capture wind energy at heights higher than standard wind turbines. The concept began with kites flying in a figure of eight trajectory to create electricity from heights where winds are much stronger and more consistent than those tapped by conventional wind turbines on land or even offshore. 
13th April 2017

Vibration energy harvesting: Where is the money?

Energy harvesting is off-grid production of electricity where it is needed using ambient energy such as wind, tide and waves or just vibration. At power levels of watts to megawatts it is a great success. Examples are the bicycle dynamo, small wind turbine and regenerative braking in vehicles - even conventional ones - nowadays. See the IDTechEx Research report, Mild Hybrid 48V Vehicles 2016-2031.
27th October 2016

IDTechEx report explores triboelectric energy harvesting

IDTechEx Research has announced the availability of a new report, Triboelectric Energy Harvesting (TENG) 2017-2027, which explains energy harvesting, and specifically triboelectricity and the devices resulting, relating it to other forms of electrostatic and other energy harvesting methods to reveal lessons from the real world.
1st September 2016

Flexible, printed and thin film batteries: A new era for energy storage

The battery market has suddenly become alive again in recent years. On the one hand, batteries are assuming new form factors, becoming ultra-thin, flexible, rollable, stretchable, etc. On the other hand, manufacturers are scrambling to offer larger batteries aimed at addressing EV and grid applications. By Dr Xiaoxi He, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
9th March 2016

Solar roads find many uses

Nowadays a major trend is the move to off-grid clean energy created by 'energy harvesting' to produce electricity where it is needed. This is more controllable and increasingly at lower cost than grid power or diesel gensets, cleaner and often less subject to interruption. It is taking new forms as revealed in the IDTechEx Research report, 'High Power Energy Harvesting 2016-2026'.
23rd February 2016

Energy harvesting: from early stage technologies to mature market products

Scouting the market for energy harvesting for almost 7 years now has allowed IDTechEx significant insight into the markets for the technologies, the potential applications and their prospects for growth. The following list of applications comes from recent IDTechEx research that has looked into the level of maturity of a wide range of end user applications, and the technology of choice in most of them. Dr Harry Zervos, Principal Analyst & Business Development Manager, IDTechEx.
22nd October 2015

Working towards vehicles that could run forever

Forget the obsession with driverless autonomous cars; Energy Independent Vehicles (EIV) are the new megatrend according to the IDTechEx Research report Energy Independent Vehicles 2016-2026, which explores the latest developments in the booming energy autonomous vehicle industry. By Franco Gonzalez, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
6th October 2015

Perovskite PV efficiency excitement

Perovskite PV efficiency gains are double those of organic PV, exciting researchers from KIMM in Korea to Dyesol in Australia. However, it can be like the little girl in the nursery rhyme: 'When she was good she was very, very good and when she was bad she was awful'. Perovoskite PV promises over 20% efficiency, low cost materials and even flexible, transparent and stretchable versions needed for new applications. Record power to weight ratio is needed for EVs, as described in the IDTechEx report, Energy Independent Vehicles 2016-2026.
22nd September 2015

High power energy harvesting becomes significant

High power energy harvesting becomes significant
Examining a newly significant off-grid energy market, IDTechEx has announced its latest report: High Power Energy Harvesting: Off-Grid 10Kw-100Kw 2016-2026. Sales of small off-grid wind turbines may make up just a tiny fraction of the $100bn wind turbine market, but there are many other electrodynamic ways of using ambient energy to generate electricity on location.
28th July 2015

Traction fuel cells reach investment point on hype curve

IDTechEx says that there is divided opinion on the future of traction fuel cells in EVs, though few continue to argue that they will power the majority of EVs. Nonetheless some manufacturers are very enthusiastic, and now could be the beginning of the end of the trough of disillusionment - the time to invest, as analysed in the IDTechEx report Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 2015-2030: Land, Water, Air.
11th May 2015

Motor's improved power-to-weight ratio suits atmospheric satellites

Newcastle University has been chosen by Boeing to develop an ultra-lightweight electric motor for an upper atmosphere electric aircraft. These spidery fixed-wing aircraft can have the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a small car. Such 'atmospheric satellites' are being designed to take 10,000lb payloads into atmospheric orbit at 65,000 ft.
10th April 2015

Electric buses more advanced than you think

Electric buses more advanced than you think
Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the IDTechEx report, titled Electric Buses 2015-2025, attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception that things are moving much more slowly than is actually the case, with the exception of a few aspects such as use of fuel cells and continuous charging, both of which are failing to progress at the intended speed.
12th March 2015

PV industry grew 15% from 2013 to 2014, says report

Pholtovoltaic industry shipments grew by 15% from 34.0 in 2013 to 39.3GWp in 2014, according to the IDTechEx/SPV Market Research annual supply report Photovoltaic Manufacturer Shipments: Capacity, Production, Prices and Revenues to 2019. Supply side inventory was 1.1GWp at the end of 2014 and demand side inventory decreased by 400MWp to 2.4GWp. Defective modules removed from service were around 1.6GWp at the end of 2014.
24th February 2015

Report expects thermoelectric harvesting to catch on by 2018

Until 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting and its automotive uses, explains the IDTechEx report ‘Energy Harvesting/ Regeneration for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2015-2025’. The maximum attainable efficiency, theoretically one half of that for photovoltaics, was in actuality around one tenth of theoretical at 3%. However, 2014 saw a sharp change in attitude. 
29th December 2014

Quantum dots enable spray-on wide-spectrum PV cells

Load bearing structures that are also electronic or electrical are called structural electronics. This two-for-one approach can be more reliable, attractive and long-lived and saves space. With a vehicle, saving weight also reaps dividends, such as when devices and circuits are applied experimentally to an electric car or plane that travels much further on a single charge as a consequence.
17th December 2014

Air of Optimism Returning to The PV Industry

Optimism is fast returning to the entire photovoltaic industry despite some still having approximately 20% over-capacity. The sales are up and the estimates for shipments in 2014 range from 41 to 49 GW, up from 30 GW in 2012. This is welcome news as the industry experienced several difficult years characterised by over-capacity and reduced demand, triggering an intense wave of consolidation globally. The IDTechEx Printed Electronics and Energy Harvesting events focus on emerging thin and/or flexible photovoltaic technologies. This co-located event will cover printed electronics, energy harvesting, supercapacitors, wearable technologies and 3D printing and will attract in excess of 2,500 attendees and 200 exhibitors. 
16th October 2014


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