NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showcases a demo of Face Works technology running on the GeForce GTX TITAN GPU. It includes a must be seen to be believed, amazingly realistic simulation of a face in this second segment of the opening day keynote at GTC 2013.
“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.”
GUESS WHO IS LEADING IN THE GROWTH OF R&D SPENDING?
China continues to dominate R&D investment growth over all other countries, including many of those in Asia according to a forecast by Battelle magazine. China is set to overtake Japan as the second-largest spender on R&D this year with total expenditure of $153.7 billion compared to its neighbor’s $144.1 billion.
China’s double digit growth in R&D investments tracks its economic growth. Few expect this high rate of growth to slow in the near future, and some suggest that it actually may accelerate.
WHO IS GORDON BATTELLE AND
THE BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE?
Gordon Battelle was born in Covington, Kentucky, to Colonel John Gordon Battelle and Annie Maude Norton. He died at the age of 40 following an appendectomy at a Columbus, Ohio hospital. In his will, he left the bulk of his estate, about $1.6 million, to the establishment of Battelle Memorial Institute. His father, John Gordon Battelle, was a pioneer in the steel industry and former owner of Columbus Iron & Steel Co. He died in 1918. Battelle’s mother, Annie Maude Norton Battelle, was a suffragette. She married Battelle’s father in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1881. They moved to the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Piqua and finally settled in Columbus, Ohio, in 1905. Annie Maude Norton Battelle died in March 1929. As the only son of John and Annie Battelle, Gordon was trained to inherit and manage his father’s holdings in the steel industry.
Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Our 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide are dedicated to scientific, educational, technology and community endeavors and investments for a safer, healthier, and more productive tomorrow.
Dr. Hockfield states under this budget we will never innovate our way out of energy dependence with a federal R&D budget in energy of 2% of the total R&D budget, compared to pharmaceutical firms who invest 18% of revenue and semiconductor firms that invest 16% of revenue…
U.S. researchers develop cheaper hydrogen fuel cells
“WASHINGTON, April 21 (Xinhua) — U.S. researchers have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles, according to a paper to be published Friday in journal Science.
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Gang Wu, Christina Johnston, and Piotr Zelenay, joined by researcher Karren More of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, describe the use of a platinum-free catalyst in the cathode of a hydrogen fuel cell. Eliminating platinum — a precious metal more expensive than gold — would solve a significant economic challenge that has thwarted widespread use of large-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems.
Polymer-electrolyte hydrogen fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. The cells can be enlarged and combined in series for high-power applications, including automobiles. Under optimal conditions, the hydrogen fuel cell produces water as a ” waste” product and does not emit greenhouse gasses.” Read More>>>>
Investing in the Future: R & D Needs to Meet America’s Energy and Climate Challenges
WITNESSES: Dr. Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Stephen Forrest, Vice President of Research, University of Michigan; Dr. Jack Fellows, Vice President, University Corporation on Atmospheric Research; Dr. Daniel Kammen, Professor, UC-Berkley. Video provided by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Join a conversation about new ideas, principles and technologies at the cusp of reshaping businesses and industries and meet this year’s class of Technology Pioneers.
· Lee Kai-Fu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Works, People’s Republic of China; Global Agenda Council on Innovation
· Richard T. Pascale, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
· C. Otto Scharmer, , Senior Lecturer, Organization Studies, MIT – Sloan School of Management, USA
· Dov Seidman, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LRN, USA
· Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, USA
Closing remarks from the Annual Meeting of the New Champions
· Huang Xingguo, Mayor of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
· André Schneider, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, World Economic Forum
“GE CEO Immelt Said Company Growth Hinged On R&D Spending (GE)
General Electric (NYSE:GE) CEO Jeffrey Immelt said that the company’s growth depends on bringing the right technology products to market,” according to a Bloomberg report.
Immelt said, “”I believe that more investment is going to be required to drive growth. It’s the way you build big service revenues and good margin rates.”"
GE said it will spend $20 billion on technology development in the years through 2012 and the company plans to increase research expenditures 18% this year alone.
The company’s divisions, excluding media and finance, provided 57% of the parent company’s $156.8 billion in sales last year, up from 51% in the year-ago period. Immelt and other executives are scheduled to host a webcast tomorrow and discuss the company’s performance in Q2 as investors look for indications that R&D spending is paying off.”
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