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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
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
The biggest new word in solar these days is the littlest—nano.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
A unique arrangement of silicon oxide and metal allows the absorption of broad wavelengths from many angles, an improvement that could be used in traditional solar cells.
Date: 11/02/2011
Type: News
California-based Simbol Materials plans to extract Lithium and other valuable elements from the brine used by Geothermal plants, just as the demand for Lithium is expected to soar due to future increase in electric cars.
Date: 11/16/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Materials
Professor Dan Schechtman
Professor Dan Schechtman received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last week for his discovery of quasicrystals, a new form of matter with many practical implications and an atomic structure previously thought to be impossible.
Date: 10/12/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Materials
Transphorm is a Goleta-based energy efficiency company co-founded by Institute faculty member, Umesh Mishra. The firm makes electronic components that significantly reduce the amount of waste heat in most devices. Transphorm has passed the 100-employee mark and continues to grow.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
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
Leading research institutions from China, India, the UK, and the US are conducting joint research projects in the field of energy-related materials including low-cost organic solar cell research at UCSB
Date: 02/18/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Materials

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