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Recent advancements in nanopillar arrays lead to more cost-effective photovoltaics.
Date: 03/10/2010
Type: Article
Revolutionary material allows electrons to travel on its surface with no loss of energy, drastically improving computer chip efficiency and possibly replacing common silicon semiconductors.
Date: 01/20/2010
Type: News
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute studied how to make the semiconductor germanium emit laser light. This could be the basis for new computer chips in which information will be transferred partially in the form of light. This technology can improve the performance of our electronics.
Date: 09/10/2012
Type: Article
Institute Director John Bowers is quoted about the energy saving benefits of microchips
Date: 05/14/2009
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
Solar tech developers have been busy outdoing each other in breaking records for cell and panel efficiencies. Why is it important and how do these players stack up against each other?
Date: 01/07/2010
Type: Article
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
Researchers at Caltech use silicon wires to create flexible solar arrays that absorb up to 96 percent of incident light and cost less than photovoltaics.
Date: 02/18/2010
Type: News
Engineers find a new way to make nitride semiconductors more efficient, opening the door to more effective UV lasers and LEDs.
Date: 01/04/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
The future looks bright to advocates of solid state lighting, a technology in which semiconductors called light-emitting diodes (LEDs) take the place of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
Date: 12/01/2007
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
High-performance thermoelectric materials that convert waste heat to electricity could one day be a source of more sustainable power. A University of Michigan researcher has taken a step toward that goal.
Date: 05/30/2013
Type: Article

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