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Scientists at UC Berkeley have discovered a new, polyfluorene-based conducting polymer that may lead to the use of silicon within lithium-ion batteries, which could mean low-cost batteries with 10 times the amount of energy storage.
Date: 09/23/2011
Technologies: Batteries
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
By layering graphene sheets and silicon, researchers have developed an anode with storage capacity and recharge rates 10x higher than traditional Li-ion batteries.
Date: 11/14/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
It may not be the end of thin-film solar, some analysts believe that (when the market picks up) thin-film solar may be just as popular as conventional solar panels. Large thin-film factories can have lower manufacturing costs.
Date: 10/12/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Silicon carbide inverters are replacing silicon-based systems on trains. Silicon carbide systems are lighter and smaller than conventional systems and provide many other material advantages. Users report roughly 40% energy savings compared to a conventional system.
Date: 04/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Transportation
When rice is harvested, silica-rich husk is left as a waste product and is commonly used as a fertilizer additive. Scientists in South Korea are researching silica-rich husks as an alternative to graphite electrodes that are currently used in lithium ion batteries.
Date: 07/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries

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