Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nanotechnology Advancing Battery Technology


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These are the kinds of advances we need to see if green renewable energy is to ever have a shot at competing with fossil fuels as a cost effective energy alternative. Those of you who follow the blog know I'm a bit enamored with nanotechnology and the more I read the cooler it becomes. The article linked below explains how a research team has enhanced the traditional lithium battery.

"To create the layered carbon nanotubes, the researchers dipped a base material repeatedly into a solution loaded with carbon nanotubes. The layers then built themselves up like a candle. To make the carbon nanotubes self-assemble onto the base material and stick together in even sheets, the scientists alternately charged them with positive and negative organic compounds. According to the researchers, the method could be adapted for spraying on the nanotubes which would then make the batteries ready for mass production on an assembly line."

The other cool thing is they recharged the battery a 1,000 times with no appreciable impact on its ability to hold the charge.

Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.

As Glenn would say, "Faster please!"

Read the whole thing.


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Monday, June 21, 2010

Product v. Project Debate Continues

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Earlier I wrote about the need to treat facilities / infrastructure more like a product than a project. Matt Stevens, author of the Construction Contractors Digest has authored and interesting article that delves into the similarities and differences between Manufacturing and Construction and the article contains a very helpful chart listing similarities and differences.

My take is that many of differences that cause the most heartburn for contractors can be mitigated, if not alleviated entirely, if an effective integrated agreement is negotiated in advance between the owner, contractor and designer. As always, the best solutions require formation, training and effective management of the integrated team at an early stage.

I encourage readers to print the article and review Matt's chart. He is a consultant to Contractors and his view is a bit Contractor centric, but this article identifies many of the underlying differences between Manufacturing and Construction that limit the effective use of integrated and lean construction processes in the Construction environment.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Can we "Manufacture" Lean Construction processes?


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Solar Roadways?

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Check out the video below. If the cost of asphalt and concrete continues to rise and the price of this system comes down this might be an option.



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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Structural Steel in Legos Form


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Do yourself a favor and watch the video introduction to Conxtech's amazing structural steel system below. I've talked about projects as "products"; this system treats the design, fabrication, delivery and erection of structural steel as a single "product".

I cannot wait to get this guy rolling in Texas, Florida and NYC.

Check it out


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