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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
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
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
In an effort to make electronic devices more efficient, the SOI Industry Consortium launched an initiative to encourage the use of manufacturing on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology instead of traditional bulk silicon, which has an energy saving of 30%.
Date: 07/28/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Electronics
Researchers at Cornell have developed a silicon device to speed up optical data transmission. The device requires little energy and works by splitting up the data into pulses, which it outputs at 270 gigabits per second.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Photonics
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing an approach to increase sunlight trapping using silicon nanowire arrays.
Date: 03/03/2010
Type: News

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