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Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
18.12.2015
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
18.12.15 - EPFL scientists have discovered a new topological insulator that could be used in future electronic technologies. Topological insulators are recently discovered materials that differ from the familiar insulators and semiconductors in many ways. While topological insulators are fascinating for fundamental physics, they could one day enable electricity with less energy loss, spintronics, and perhaps even quantum computing.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.11.2015
Surprising discovery of a new particle
Surprising discovery of a new particle
Studying peculiar properties of a long known metallic material researchers have chanced upon a new particle. It is related to the so-called Weyl fermions that the mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted almost ninety years ago. Weyl had overlooked the particle, which could have interesting applications in electronics.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
10.11.2015
Going back in time to locate short circuits in power grids
Going back in time to locate short circuits in power grids
10.11.15 - EPFL researchers have come up with a method to determine the exact location of short circuits in a power grid. This is an important step towards operating complex power grid topologies that enable the massive integration of renewable energy resources. When a high-voltage power line is damaged by wind, ice or a tree, electricity utilities must quickly find the fault location and repair it to meet the power quality requirements or avoid cascade blackout.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.10.2015
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
26.10.15 - A system for managing and storing energy, developed by EPFL's Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, has been inaugurated on the school's campus.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
04.09.2015
Adapting electricity demand to production. Not the other way around
04.09.15 - Instead of aligning energy production with consumption, wouldn't it be possible to make consumption adapt to the intermittency of renewable energies? François Vuille, director of development at the Energy Center, shares his thoughts.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.03.2015
Light That Adapts to Your Needs Through the Eye of a Camera
Light That Adapts to Your Needs Through the Eye of a Camera
Researchers have developed a camera that sees like the human eye, providing clues about the sensation of visual comfort. The instrument could optimize natural and artificial lighting to constantly adapt to the needs of the user. How can we combine visual comfort with electrical energy savings? Light inside the home is a theme that has interested researchers for over a half century.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
06.03.2015
Heat Waves in Graphene
Heat Waves in Graphene
EPFL researchers have shed new light on the fundamental mechanisms of heat dissipation in graphene and other two-dimensional materials. They have shown that heat can propagate as a wave over very long distances. This is key information for engineering the electronics of tomorrow. In the race to miniaturize electronic components, researchers are challenged with a major problem: the smaller or the faster your device, the more challenging it is to cool it down.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
04.03.2015
Kids and robots learn to write together
Kids and robots learn to write together
Who is the teacher: the student or the machine? By showing a robot how to write letters, children improve their writing skills and gain self--confidence.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
20.02.2015
SwissCube's longevity marks its success
SwissCube's longevity marks its success
Launched more than five years ago, the small Swiss satellite designed by EPFL and several other Universities of Applied Sciences, will soon have orbited the Earth 30'000 times.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Life Sciences
28.01.2015
Electronic circuits with reconfigurable pathways closer to reality
Electronic circuits with reconfigurable pathways closer to reality
Multitasking circuits capable of reconfiguring themselves in real time and switching functions as the need arises - this is the promising application stemming from a discovery made at EPFL and published. Other potential uses: miniaturising our electronic devices and developing resilient circuits. Will it be possible one day to reconfigure electronic microchips however we want, even when they are in use? A recent discovery by a team at EPFL suggests as much.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
19.01.2015
Graphene multiplies the power of light
Graphene multiplies the power of light
Could graphene turn light to electricity? Scientists have shown that graphene can convert a single photon into multiple electrons, showing much promise for future photovoltaic devices. Graphene is a material that has gathered tremendous popularity in recent years, due to its extraordinary strength and light weight.

 
 
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