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Following the lead of the Large Hadron Collider, companies and research groups are focusing on ways to integrate high efficiency cables made of superconductive filaments into a smart grid.
Date: 06/17/2010
Type: Article, News
Two environmental engineers at Clemson University have received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to create a new type of energy efficient Subsurface Thermal Energy Storage (STES) system that uses a conventional heat pump to move heat between buildings and the ground.
Date: 06/16/2010
Type: Article, News
After months of anticipation, the EPA has finally released its Energy Star label for data centers. The label should incite competition for energy efficiency improvements, as the agency plans to award the label to only the top 25% of centers in a given industry.
Date: 06/08/2010
Type: Article
In honor of the laser turning 50, this article includes a timeline of some of the more notable scientific accomplishments related to light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (laser).
Date: 06/03/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics
In this recent paper in Optics & Photonics News, John Bowers and the team at UCSB discuss how silicon photonics may revolutionize the 21st century by bringing together two technological areas that transformed the 20th - photonics and microelectronics.
Date: 05/18/2010
Type: Article
New white paper summarizes the status of LED technology, evolving LED markets and options for greater market penetration.
Date: 05/12/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Years ago Alan Heeger and his colleagues discovered semiconducting polymers that could be put in a solution and printed on a substrate. Today, printed organic photovoltaics are a reality, but the technology has not yet reached full scale commercialization.
Date: 05/03/2010
Type: Article
By fabricating ultracapacitor material directly on chips and solar cells, researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have made thin-film carbon ultracapacitors that store three times as much energy by volume as conventional ultracapacitor materials.
Date: 04/22/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
A research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra uses plasmonics and nanoparticle technology to develop experimental devices that produce 30 percent more electrical current than conventional thin-film silicon cells.
Date: 04/22/2010
Type: Article
Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld, former commissioner of the California Energy Commission, says that legislation and standards created since the 1973 oil embargo have led to drastic energy savings, but much more can be done.
Date: 04/17/2010
Type: Article

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