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Recent advancements in nanopillar arrays lead to more cost-effective photovoltaics.
Date: 03/10/2010
Type: Article
energy consumption by electronic devices
Using nanotechnology to re-design transistors can help reduce the electricity consumed by devices that are plugged in but not in use.
Date: 10/27/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Electronics
Touching on progress made in recent decades, this article highlights popular papers published in Nanotechnology in 2009.
Date: 10/29/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics, Photonics
Nanowire anodes could let lithium-ion batteries in cars and laptops run twice as long.
Date: 11/06/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
At MIT's Solar Frontiers Center engineers and scientists are pushing the envelope on nano solar efficiency and the size of photovoltaic solar cells. These are not thin film solar cells, they're something all together different.
Date: 05/07/2010
Type: News
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
Quantum dot display
A new display technology that uses quantum dots for pixels could be easier to manufacture, brighter, and possibly more energy-efficient than OLED-based displays.
Date: 12/07/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Schematic of quantum dot LED
A recent report from Lux Research (”Nanotech’s Answer Key to the Energy Problem”) suggests that six different nanotechnologies could project energy efficiency savings and energy consumption reductions that are the equivalent of shutting off all the coal-fired power plants in the United States.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: Blog, Report
Researchers use nanotechnology to make a three dimensional foldable photovoltaic system.
Date: 11/01/2009
Type: News
Discovery by a UCSD professor and graduate student may lead to smaller batteries with more power and run time.
Date: 11/22/2009
Type: News

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