Energy

New Approach to Graphene Electronics

Graphene has been touted as the next silicon, but it is too conductive to be used in computer chips. A University of Manchester team led by Nobel laureates Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov has literally opened a third dimension in graphene research.

Posted in: Electronics, Power Management, Materials, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, LEDs, News

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Next-Generation Battery Technology

Sandia National Laboratory researchers have developed a family of liquid salt electrolytes - known as MetILs - that could lead to better batteries and well as devices that can help incorporate large-scale intermittent renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, into the nation’s electric grid.

Posted in: Batteries, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Wind Power, Renewable Energy, News

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$12 Million Funding Opportunity to Spur Solar Innovation

Through the DOE's SunShot Incubator program, over $12 million in funding is available to accelerate innovation in solar energy and manufacturing - supporting advancements in hardware, reductions in soft costs, and the development of pilot manufacturing and production projects.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Government Initiatives, News

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New Genome Map Speeds Biofuel Development

Researchers at University of Georgia's Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory have mapped the genomes of two originator cells of Miscanthus x giganteus - a large perennial grass with promise as a source of ethanol and bioenergy.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Renewable Energy, News

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Web Tool Analyzes Solar Cell Materials

An online tool developed by MIT researchers called “Impurities to Efficiency” - or I2E - allows companies or researchers exploring alternative manufacturing strategies to plug in descriptions of their planned materials and processing steps. After about one minute of simulation, I2E gives an indication of exactly how efficient the resulting solar cell would be in converting sunlight to electricity.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Software, Simulation Software, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, News, Videos

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Welding Nanowires With Light

Electrically conductive meshes made of metal nanowires promise exceptional electrical throughput, low cost, and easy processing in applications like video displays, LEDs, and thin-film solar cells. However, in processing, these meshes must be heated or pressed to unite the crisscross pattern of nanowires that form the mesh - damaging them in the process.

Posted in: Materials, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Lighting, LEDs, Nanotechnology, News

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A Bio-Solar Breakthrough

An international team of researchers has developed a process that improves the efficiency of generating electric power using molecular structures extracted from plants. The system taps into photosynthetic processes to produce efficient and inexpensive energy.

Posted in: Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Semiconductors & ICs, News

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