Archive for February, 2012

Argonne Lab Formost Center of Physics Research
“Gamechangers: Energy Science, Innovation, and the Future of America.”

In the National Laboratory system, we are working on new energy technologies that could transform the ways we generate, store and use energy, and that could protect our environment while recharging our national economy. But as we tackle the fundamental scientific research we need to discover and develop disruptive new energy technologies, it’s worthwhile to ask: What does it really mean to change the game? What does game-changing technology look like, and what are currently our best prospects for gamechangers? Ultimately, can we really change the energy game in this country? I believe the answer is yes — but only if we bring together the right people and give them the right tools to address the right questions. –Eric D. Isaacs

Read About Eric D. Isaacs, a prominent University of Chicago physicist, is President of UChicago Argonne, LLC, and Director of Argonne National Laboratory.
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The secret sauce is Energy Density

“Current lithium ion batteries deliver an energy density of around 100 to 150 watt-hours per kilogram, while Envia’s battery can deliver 2.5 times that energy with about the same weight as the current electric cars that have hit the market.”

Energy density is how much energy a battery can store and provide for the car with a given battery size — the more energy dense the battery, the less volume and weight is needed. For electric cars it is particularly important to have a high energy dense battery because electric cars need to be as light weight as possible (any extra weight just drains the battery faster), and batteries that are smaller and use less materials can also be lower in cost.”

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Lithium Air: IBM’s quest for the super-battery

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Iron Dome Foils 90 Percent of Missiles

“Israeli officials say the $200 million “Iron Dome” has performed beyond all expectations, raising hopes the military has finally found a way to rob Hamas militants of their most potent weapon: the short-range rockets that have made life miserable for large swaths of the population over the past decade.”
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The Iron Dome system has intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on urban centers during the latest rocket bombardment from Gaza.

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The ASPRO-A (Trophy) active protection system developed by the Israeli RAFAEL Armament Development Authority rapidly detects and tracks any anti-tank threat, classifies it, estimates the optimal intercept point in space and finally neutralizes it away from the platform using a countermeasure. The threat detection and warning subsystem consists of several sensors, including search radar with four flat-panel antennas, located around the protected vehicle, to provide full hemispherical coverage. The neutralization process will take place only if the threat is about to hit the platform.
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See the reports of actual in service activity of the Iron Dome.
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“There’s no shortage of gossip in the tech community in regards to how the so-called Google Glasses would work. The basic idea is that some kind of wearable computer that displays on the lenses of a pair of glasses. As incredible as that sounds, there’s not a whole lot of tech out there that really fits that description closely. The idea that these lenses would act as displays for information seems really interesting, but there’s a need to combine a certain amount of function and fashion, while somehow not make all of this sound like a gadget from a spy thriller. But it’s not a spy thriller, we’ve been told the glasses are real, and that we will more than likely be seeing a prototype of them at Google’s developer conference this June.” [Source:]

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Electric Vehicles to represent a third of global sales by 2020: Deloitte

“The race for electric vehicles (EVs) is heating up,” observes Dr. Martin Hoelz, global automotive industry group leader and partner with Deloitte Germany. “By 2020, EVs and other “green” cars will represent up to a third of total global sales in developed markets and up to 20 percent in urban areas of emerging markets.”

The analysis also said close to $44 billion in economic stimulus funds and other incentives are being directed towards the development of alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles.

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The following comments from Caitlin Talmadge, a political scientist at George Washington University: “There are also some recent signs that Iran itself understands the additional economic and political costs it would pay in the event that oil could not get out of the Strait. After all, Iran’s own economy depends on the ability to export oil and to import refined gasoline, as does the economy of one of its major international patrons, China. It is hard to imagine that aggression in the Strait would provoke anything but a strengthened international coalition against Iran though it is possible that the regime sees domestic political benefits in the current crisis, or is intentionally using it as a way to drive up oil prices.” [Source: The Monkey Cage, Blog of the Year]

U.S. would probably capture and hold the Islands of Hormuz which would not be returned anytime soon leaving another long term military base that the Pentagon would need to budget for.



Caitlin Talmadge: Is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she is on the faculty of the Political Science Department and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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