If it gets built, there's an engineer involved somewhere. Check out some ideas on engineering the things we use everyday to be cleaner and more efficient.

I have an idea for a new kind of hybrid car that uses the same parts but eliminates low gears (first and second shifts) in any transmissions found in today's hybrid cars. I noticed that hybrid cars still use first and second gears, something which... Read More
Next week on Bloomberg West, we'll be featuring an idea straight out of the Terminator movie seri--er, Michigan State University, rather. In all seriousness, the MSU students and faculty have developed robotic fish that can track water quality and... Read More
When it comes to automotive innovation, you may not think about the interior of your car. These Ford researchers have, however, incorporating recycled materials into their cushions, fabrics, and liners. Is that suede? Or just plastic bottles?
I have developed a turbine for use in high flow areas of tide and current. The design has almost limitless torque and only 3 moving parts. It can be deployed in shallow water with as little as 6ft of water, in areas that even loose water completely... Read More
The Prosperity Energy Storage Project in New Mexico allows for efficient generation, distribution, and storage of solar energy. The solar facility stores excess energy and then distributes it through a smart grid when demand is higher, like when it... Read More
Rocky Research develops thermal and energy management design innovations for the defense industry. Trey McKay describes the Intelligent Thermostat, which is a combination thermostat - humidistat designed for use in environments encountered aboard... Read More
Minnesota 2020
Eolos is the Ancient Greek god of wind and the namesake for a new wind power research station at the University of Minnesota's UMore Park in Rosemount. Launched in 2010 with grants from the Recovery Act and the US Department of Energy, the station... Read More
The safety issues of traditional lithium-ion batteries are well-documented: corrosion, toxic chemicals, and even fires and explosions. A new electrolyte material looks to put an end to these hazards; it's constructed out of non-corrosive and non-... Read More
Turning Methane Into Energy
Turning Methane Into Energy
Planet Forward
FlexEnergy has developed a technology that takes low-quality methane and turns it into energy. By using a machine with a small footprint, this company hopes to capture some of the wasted energy that's currently just flared into the atmosphere.
Who can argue with a battery that lasts ten times longer than current types while using no toxic metals? By using enzymes to convert sugar into energy (just like we do), the bio-battery can generate a large amount of electrical energy more... Read More