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Greentech Media features the Santa Barbara area's leadership in energy efficiency technology, mentioning Institute faculty members Shuji Nakamura and Umesh Mishra: Nakamura for his LED research and Umesh Mishtra for his startup company Transphorm.
Date: 01/06/2012
Type: News
By replacing expensive silver with ubiquitous copper for electroplating, researchers have developed a silicon solar cell with higher efficiency and lower fabrication costs.
Date: 12/01/2011
Type: News
By studying the solar absorption properties of pyrite, scientists have discovered chemically similar materials that could replace more rare and expensive elements used in current photovoltaics.
Date: 11/28/2011
Type: News
California-based Simbol Materials plans to extract Lithium and other valuable elements from the brine used by Geothermal plants, just as the demand for Lithium is expected to soar due to future increase in electric cars.
Date: 11/16/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Materials
A simple, easily fabricated metal-insulator-metal device has the ability to create electricity from a range of infrared and visible light.
Date: 11/09/2011
Type: News
Berkeley Lab researchers approach theoretical efficiency for a solar cell by designing gallium arsenide panels that emit photons to increase voltage, a reversal of conventional industry wisdom.
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
Researchers have made a critical discovery mapping out the energy interaction between transition metal oxides and organic materials, work that could further dye-sensitized solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Materials
Tags: LED, OLED
Researchers have developed an anode made of titanium dioxide nanotubes that, remarkably, improves battery performance over time by self-orienting after cycling.
Date: 11/03/2011
Type: News
A unique arrangement of silicon oxide and metal allows the absorption of broad wavelengths from many angles, an improvement that could be used in traditional solar cells.
Date: 11/02/2011
Type: News
An EV battery housing made from fiber composite is 25% lighter than a traditional metal casing, paving the way for more efficient electric cars.
Date: 10/20/2011
Type: News

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