April 26th, 2010
SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development institute, will host Greentech Media’s Nordic Green II conference on April 27 â€“ 28, 2010, in Menlo Park, Calif. Nordic Green II will feature keynote speeches from thought leaders from the Nordic and San Francisco Bay regions, and will showcase innovative companies. The event will also feature cutting-edge research and high-level discussions on emerging green technologies and new entrepreneurial opportunities in California and the Nordic region.
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October 6th, 2008
By Tom Kessler
The battlefield cry “charge” is taking on new meanings. Portable fuel cell systems from SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG won first and third prizes in the U.S. Defense Departmentâ€™s inaugural Wearable Power Competition, the DOD announced.
Nearly 170 designs competed in the event, which was established by Department of Defense Research and Engineering to “encourage innovation in energy systems carried by personnel during field missions.” The systems, attached to a military vest, were required to provide 20 watts of average electric power, have peak-power capability up to 200 watts and weigh no more than 8.8 pounds.
The M-25 Portable Fuel Cell from DuPont and SFC, won the $1 million first prize. The AMI team from Ann Arbor, MI, won the $500,000 second place prize. SFC and partner Capitol Connections LLC of Middleburg, Va., took third place and $250,000 for their JENNY fuel cell.
These portable devices are used to power a range of field equipment that includes GPS navigation systems, communications equipment, computers and robots. The devices weigh up to 80 percent less than conventional power sources.
The winners were announced Oct. 4 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
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