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Researchers at Boston College provide experimental evidence of how the novel approach of extracting hot electrons could turn more sunlight into electricity.
Date: 12/18/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Stanford engineer finds a way to cheaply and efficiently manufacture lightweight paper batteries and supercapacitors.
Date: 02/22/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Dmitri Talapin presents on his research with nanoparticle self-assembly into super-lattices.
Date: 04/29/2010
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Materials
Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a new nanostructure--nanopillars--that could absorb up to 99% of visible light in solar cells.
Date: 07/16/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have developed a method for to apply nanoscale texturing over large areas. The technique could result in improved efficiencies in thin-film solar cells, without increasing the cost or the process complexity.
Date: 07/22/2010
Type: Article
Lead-sulfide quantum dots
Researchers at the University of Wyoming have demonstrated that quantum dot nanomaterials could be used to create ultra-efficient solar cells that convert more sunlight into electricity than once thought possible.
Date: 09/30/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A thin film of silicon nanomesh
Researchers at Caltech have demonstrated new nanoscale designs that sever the relationship between thermal and electrical conductivity, potentially boosting the efficiency of thermoelectric materials for harvesting waste heat.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Thermoelectrics
Schematic of dye sensitzed solar cell
SolarPrint has developed a process to replace the liquid in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology with a printable electrolyte paste. The fully printable cells can be turned out fast and cost-effectively, and are more efficient due to their nanostructure components.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Crumpled sheets of graphene.
New graphene ultracapacitors have five times the energy density of current commercial devices, thanks to the increased surface area of the "crumpled" graphene nanomaterial.
Date: 12/08/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
Low-power phase-change memory bits are positioned between carbon-nanotubes.
A new type of nonvolatile memory based on carbon nanotubes requires one percent as much power as flash memory and could improve battery life in mobile devices.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries

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