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NREL researchers have built flexible solar cells from Corning's Willow glass. These type of cells could be used in place of roof shingles; the cells are strong and durable and could last decades. Solar costs could be lowered by combining the costs of roof and solar installations.
Date: 07/05/2013
Type: Article
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
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
Dmitri Talapin presents on his research with nanoparticle self-assembly into super-lattices.
Date: 04/29/2010
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Materials
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
Using specialized pellets with highly porous surfaces, researchers have discovered a method for efficient and lost-lasting storage of thermal energy.
Date: 06/06/2012
Type: News
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Scientists in India have developed a cheap phase change material that could drastically reduce the need for heating in homes.
Date: 01/20/2012
Type: News
Researchers at Stanford have developed a method for to apply nanoscale texturing over large areas. The technique could result in improved efficiencies in thin-film solar cells, without increasing the cost or the process complexity.
Date: 07/22/2010
Type: Article
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

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