WPI professor wins Catalyst Award for innovative design for grid storage batteries

Yan Wang receives award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to support work on a new design for flow batteries that can be used to store electric energy produced by wind and solar power installations

Worcester, Mass. – An innovative design developed by a researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for flow batteries—rechargeable energy systems that can be used to store electric energy produced by wind and solar power installations—has received a 2012 Catalyst Award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The one-year, $40,000 award will support continued work on the new technology, which promises significantly higher energy and power density and longer cycle life than conventional flow batteries at a significantly lower cost. Read more

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Researchers pioneer game-changing approach for drought monitoring

Droughts are more than simply climate phenomena. They can have profound social, environmental, and economic impacts and can also be a major threat to food security throughout the world. Though much progress has been made in monitoring droughts and understanding their causes, there is still a strong need for better precision in both the monitoring and forecasting of droughts. Read more

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Berkeley-Haas study identifies success factors of extraordinary CIOs

(University of California – Berkeley Haas School of Business) A just completed multi-year research project by the Fisher CIO Leadership Program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has uncovered the “invisible factors of extraordinary success” regarding Chief Information Officers.
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NexThought Monday: Shape Up and Scale Up: The Value of Mentors for Guiding Impact Entrepreneurs (Part 1)

SMEs in emerging economies face significant challenges to their survival, and a large majority fail within the first few years of operation. This high failure rate is largely the result of a weak entrepreneurial support infrastructure leading to a deficiency in business skills, a lack of access to capital, and markets and policy barriers which increase the cost of doing business, forcing many companies out of the market.

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Insights on Open Innovation

In this YouTube with SAP’s Technology Innovation and Developer Experience team, the originator of Open Innovation, Henry Chesbrough, discusses the business factors that led to the development of open innovation, what inspired him to write about open innovation and what established companies should think about as they are challenged by new, more agile entrepreneurs.

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Breakthrough by U of T-led research team leads to record efficiency for next-generation solar cells

(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have made a breakthrough in the development of colloidal quantum dot (CQD) films, leading to the most efficient CQD solar cell ever. Their work is featured in a letter published in Nature Nanotechnology. The researchers, led by U of T Engineering Professor Ted Sargent, created a solar cell out of inexpensive materials that was certified at a world-record 7.0 percent efficiency.
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Asia-Pacific Companies Increasingly Adopting Open Innovation

Open Innovation is no longer a buzzword and while it draws global attention, companies in the Asia-Pacific region are going all out with this model. A recent Frost & Sullivan report titled ‘Open Innovation 2012′ focuses on the role of Open Innovation in ideation, product development and R&D at organizations across the globe.
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