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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
Dust clouds.
Deserts are one of the best places for solar panels. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution--by letting solar panels clean themselves.
Date: 08/26/2010
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
Solar cells.
A new technique may one day lead to solar cells that bring themselves together like a molecular flash mob and repair damage they sustain during the rough business of turning light into electricity.
Date: 09/05/2010
Filament made of carbon nanotubes.
Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell.
Date: 09/12/2010
An array of optical filters
Researchers at Caltech have discovered a way to tune optical filters to dynamically control which wavelengths of infrared light they respond to. One potential application of these tunable metamaterials could be thermal photovoltaics that maintain high efficiency regardless of the weather.
Date: 10/08/2010
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
This presentation focuses on the synthesis and exploration of applications of graphene, graphene networks and their composite materials.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Materials
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
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

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