Subject: Viridian Note 00373: Microengines
- Key concepts:
Micro-engines, power generation,
- Attention Conservation Notice:
- Includes a party
invite to the Viridian Vatican.
The National Solar Energy Conference is
running in Austin this week. Hey, I'm going.
Looks like Dr. Natalie got around to unleashing those
feral robot dogs.
I'm having a Turkey City writer's workshop at
the Viridian Vatican this Saturday, June 28, 02003.
We'll have an open party after the workshop, starting
around 7:30 PM or so. Want to come drink beer with
science fiction writers? Send me email!
You might well like to meet our distinguished
out-of-town guest of honor, Eileen Gunn.
Eileen Gunn edits "Infinite Matrix," where I have
a weblog. Give her money; we'll buy beer with it.
Surprise guest, legendary short-story writer
Howard Waldrop, will also be here for Turkey City.
Howard hasn't lived in Texas for years, but now, well, he
"Engineers Develop Microengines: The Batteries of the
"University of Birmingham engineers have developed tiny
engines only a few millimetres wide that will soon replace
a standard battery." ((("Soon?")))
"These micro-engines have over 300 times more energy
than an ordinary battery and are much lighter and smaller.
These new power-supplying machines will soon be used to
charge mobile phones and lap top computers in a matter of
seconds thereby eliminating the need to recharge them
"Dr Kyle Jiang, (((what a great 21st century scientist
name))) lead investigator from the department of
Mechanical Engineering, says, 'These micro-engines will be
much more energy efficient than standard batteries. It
takes 2000 times more energy to manufacture a battery than
the battery dispenses while it is being used. Soon
everyone will be able to charge their mobile phones
instantly using a shot of cigarette lighter fuel instead
of having to find a socket for a charger and wait while
the phone charges up'. (((We Viridians have been
demanding this for years now. Except we'd like
the fuel to be humanly drinkable, please.)))
"Micro-engines will also be used during military
operations for driving micro air vehicles and micro-robots
for reconnaissance purposes; (((I'm getting weary of the
ceaseless military-app drumbeat out of the R&D community;
come on guys, you're British))) communications relays;
micro-cameras and other sensor carriers. Other
applications will include micro-factories tiny 'labs-on-
a-chip' that will be able to make drugs, chemicals or
small mechanical components.
(((Now we're talking. Microchips that make drugs.
The LINUX Open Source Hashish Pentium, presumably.)))
"Investigators at the School of Engineering are the first
to manufacture these engines in a durable, heat resistant
material such as ceramic or silicon carbide.
"Notes to editors:
"Moving footage/interviews of micro-engines is
available free of charge as a package to broadcast media
via Research TV, due for streaming on Tuesday 17 June. For
more details/to request footage contact www.research-
(((Never mind, here you go, Windows Media video:)))
Kate Bassett, Press Office, University of Birmingham, 0121
414 2772 or 07789 921164. Email: k.h.bassett*bham.ac.uk
(((Is there any there there with these gizmos? Maybe!)))
DROP ON BY.