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Electric Fabric—An Energy Technology Bob Mackie Would Love

Michael Kanellos: September 1, 2008, 6:10 AM
Copenhagen – It can be strong like steel, but shimmer like silk. It's PolyPower, a somewhat astounding material devised by Danfoss, the Danish industrial giant. The fabric contracts and expands with small jolts of electricity. Give it a zap, and the fabric shrinks up. Take away the power, and it expands again. Because it is flexible and very thin, PolyPower can be manipulated in various ways for different jobs. At a demonstration at Copenmind, a three-day conference hoping to link up university researchers with corporations and investors, scientists showed how a roll of PolyPower – about half the diameter of a full roll of paper towels – can lift a five kilometer weight a...

What’s Hot in Green Patents—Wind Power and Fuel Cells

Michael Kanellos: September 1, 2008, 5:43 AM
Copenhagen--Here's a surprise for you who like to study intellectual property. The European Patent Office gets more patent applications for fuel cells and wind power technologies than any other category in the new energy market, said Victor Veefkind and Thomas Maxisch, two patent examiners for the EPO during a presentation at Copenmind, a three-day conference aiming to link up investors with university researchers. Fuel cells accounted for approximately 50 percent of the new energy patent applications submitted between 1998 and 2007, inclusive. Wind, however, is growing the fastest, with 31 percent more patent applications being filed every year. Fuel cells is second in that...