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Solar Power

Access the latest advancements, technical briefs, and trending applications in solar power generation systems, essential to design engineers working in the renewable energy sectors.

INSIDER: Energy

Molten sodium batteries have been used for many years to store energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines. However, commercially available molten sodium-sulfur...

INSIDER: Energy

If we are to transition to a world powered by renewable energy, efficient long-distance transport of electricity is essential, since the supply — renewable...

Briefs: Nanotechnology
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Energy
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Materials
This invention enables improved carrier mobility for solar cells and other electronic devices.
NASA Spinoff: Energy
NASA’s need to contain hazardous lunar dust led to technology that senses other pollutants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
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: Aerospace
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Technology Leaders: Energy
Learn about the properties of each capacitor option, and their ideal applications.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Articles: Imaging
Learn about the benefits of SWIR imaging, from food inspection to surveillance.
Special Reports: Software
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Briefs: Imaging
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
INSIDER: Energy

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

Briefs: Automotive
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
Application Briefs: Energy
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Energy
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
INSIDER: Energy

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers working to maximize solar panel efficiency said layering advanced materials atop traditional silicon is a promising path to eke...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will Indoor Light Someday Power Our Smart Devices?

Our lead INSIDER story today looks at “perovskite-inspired” materials that can absorb indoor light at higher efficiencies than ever before.

Blog: Energy
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
INSIDER: Lighting

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities...

Briefs: Energy
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.

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