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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
Microsemi Corporation today introduced the world's first solar bypass solution for photovoltaic (PV) solar module applications which will be demonstrated at the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Conference, May 20 through May 22, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Date: 05/20/2010
Type: News
A new method of capturing the higher energy sunlight that is usually lost as heat in conventional solar cells could double solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency.
Date: 06/18/2010
Type: Article, News
Washington State University researchers used super-high pressures to create a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy.
Date: 07/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
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 Ohio State University have developed a plastic computer memory device based on the "spin" of electrons that could store more data in less space, process data faster, and consume less power.
Date: 08/09/2010
Type: Article
Dave Auston
The Institute's Acting Executive Director Dave Auston was recently featured in a two-part interview on The Daily Energy Report.
Date: 09/12/2010
Type: Audio, Photos
Technologies: General Information
asphalt road
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have identified a number of ways to harvest waste heat from asphalt roads, including embedding water filled pipes or thermoelectric semiconductors in or under the roadways.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Blog
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
Smart Transformer: A prototype of a smart solid-state transformer
New solid-state power-management devices will charge cars fast and make the power grid more flexible and efficient.
Date: 12/22/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid

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