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Researchers have shown that nanowires have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible.
Date: 04/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
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
Berkeley Lab researchers approach theoretical efficiency for a solar cell by designing gallium arsenide panels that emit photons to increase voltage, a reversal of conventional industry wisdom.
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
By replacing expensive silver with ubiquitous copper for electroplating, researchers have developed a silicon solar cell with higher efficiency and lower fabrication costs.
Date: 12/01/2011
Type: News
Umesh Mishra's group received $3 million in ARPA-E funding for vertical GaN semiconductor research.
Date: 12/12/2013
Type: News
Tags: ARPA-E, GaN, UCSB
A simple, easily fabricated metal-insulator-metal device has the ability to create electricity from a range of infrared and visible light.
Date: 11/09/2011
Type: News
Thermoelectric materials can be used to generate electrical current from waste heat. Researchers have made a new thermoelectric material using lead telluride. This new material produces about 20 percent more electricity from heat than previous thermoelectric materials.
Date: 09/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Thermoelectrics
Researchers at MIT have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology using a positive electrode made of carbon nanotubes. The large surface area and porous structure of the nanotubes give the new battery high energy capacity and power.
Date: 06/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, 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
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

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