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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
Researchers study moths' eyes to solve one of thin-film solar technology's biggest problems: light reflection between films that causes light to be lost before it can be harnessed for energy production.
Date: 05/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
High-performance thermoelectric materials that convert waste heat to electricity could one day be a source of more sustainable power. A University of Michigan researcher has taken a step toward that goal.
Date: 05/30/2013
Type: Article
Piezoelectrics. Credit: ACS/Nano Letters
Researchers at Georgia Tech have used piezoelectric materials to make the first nanowire-based generators that can harvest enough mechanical energy to power small electronic devices. While initial studies used zinc-oxide nanowires, the researchers are already looking into more efficient materials.
Date: 11/08/2010
Type: Article
Researchers at Stanford University and SLAC have developed a Li-ion battery in which its sulfur cathode is capable of storing five times more energy than today’s batteries.
Date: 01/16/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a new nanostructure--nanopillars--that could absorb up to 99% of visible light in solar cells.
Date: 07/16/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory experimenting with tin and graphene have discovered a new way of structuring lithium-ion batteries so that they hold more energy.
Date: 08/02/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Researchers at Princeton claim to have developed a nansostructured sandwich of metal and plastic that increases the efficiency of organic solar cells by 175 percent.
Date: 12/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Materials researchers at Rice University have created carbon nanotubes with the ability to carry as much current as regular copper wires.
Date: 09/19/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
Forests of carbon nanotubes are an efficient alternative for platinum electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC), according to new research by collaborators at Rice University and Tsinghua University.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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