Keyword: Sun and solar

Briefs: Energy
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Briefs: Transportation
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.
Briefs: Energy
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Materials
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
Briefs: Energy
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.
Briefs: Imaging
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Q&A: Energy
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
Briefs: Energy
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: AR/AI
VR/AR devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Creating next-generation LEDs for novel efforts like COVID-19 decontamination requires LED manufacturers to reevaluate the materials that they’re using.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Briefs: Aerospace
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Q&A: Energy
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.
Briefs: Energy
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
Application Briefs: Imaging
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
Briefs: Materials
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Chip Converts Wasted Heat to Usable Energy

Car engines, laptop computers, cellphones, and refrigerators all heat up with overuse. That heat can be captured and turned into energy using a method that produces electricity from heat. The technology uses a silicon chip, also known as a “device,” that converts more thermal radiation into...

Briefs: Energy

A new device, inspired by a rose, inexpensively collects and purifies water. The device is a new approach to solar steaming for water production — a technique that uses energy from sunlight...

Articles: Materials
Permeable concrete, quick disconnects, and more
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Some organic materials cannot be utilized similarly to silicon semiconductors in optoelectronics. Whether in solar cells, light-emitting diodes, or in transistors, what is important is the bandgap, i.e....

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