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A startup called TenKsolar says it can increase the amount of solar power generated on rooftops by 25 to 50 percent by changing the way solar cells are wired together and adding inexpensive reflectors to gather more light.
Date: 04/29/2011
Type: Article
Saline solution battery! Credit: Yi Cui
A new battery device developed by researchers at Stanford draws power from the salinity difference between freshwater and saltwater and can achieve up to 85 percent efficiency.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Stanford researchers are working on a method of upconversion that increases the conversion efficiency of amorphous-silicon solar cells from 11 to 15 percent.
Date: 07/07/2011
Type: News
Innovative silicon-based thermoelectrics could be the key to making waste heat-to-electricity applications cheap and easy to use.
Date: 09/29/2011
Type: News
Adding a coating of graphene or carbon nanotubes is showing promise for improving the energy density of traditional ultracapacitors and may have applications for the lithium-ion battery market as well.
Date: 10/06/2011
Type: News
The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
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
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
NASA is investing $89 million to see if it can achieve limitless flight using solar photovoltaic technology.
Date: 11/08/2011
Type: News
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

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