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Supercapacitors: is it time for the electric vehicle market?

Supercapacitor market leader Maxwell Technologies has faltered temporarily due to phasing of demand for supercapacitors on Chinese hybrid buses. One of the most formidable innovators it now sells large stacks for grid management and for energy harvesting in large construction vehicles. The recent IDTechEx Supercapacitors event in Santa Clara, California…

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Wearables market expects big fitness boom

Market research indicates that fitness wearables in-use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million in-use devices this year. A new report by Juniper Research predicts that fitness is to remain the dominant wearables segment until that time, driven by intuitive use cases and lower…

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STEM skills gap will exist for 10 years, say academics

Academics at UK universities have painted a gloomy view of the skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Academics questioned in a skills survey, carried by MathWorks, believed it will take more than 10 years to bridge the UK’s skills gap STEM subjects. And confidence among…

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Are electric vehicles a slow burner?

Power technology companies may find that the take up of hybrid and all-electric vehicles will be a slow-burner. The global market for all hybrid and pure electric vehicles could exceed $533bn, but not until 2025, according to a report by market watcher IDTechEx. Most electric vehicles are higher…

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190 million smart home products by 2018

The smart home market will grow by 56%, compounded annually, in the next three years, with 190 million products shipping by 2018, according to market research firm IHS Technology, and Bluetooth Smart will be the fastest growing smart home connectivity technology. “Bluetooth Smart has the unique advantage of being low…

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