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New Hybrid Solar Cells Harness More Of The Sun’s Light Spectrum

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Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK have found a way to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells by as much as 25% through harnessing more of the sun’s spectrum than most traditional silicon-based solar cells can. The new design, developed at the university’s Cavendish Laboratory in the...
New Hybrid Solar Cells Harness More Of The Sun’s Light Spectrum
Stanford creates flexible, high-efficiency peel-and-stick solar cells

3-D textured solar panels will get a test run on the ISS

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Outer space laboratory set to determine optimum configuration Georgia Tech professor W. Jud Ready's "3-D textured solar cells" were recently accepted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) for a test mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Tech News Daily reported this week. The...
3-D textured solar panels will get a test run on the ISS

Researchers shows off self-contained, 9mm solar power system

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Advances in solar power aren't always the most immediately exciting sort of developments (a more efficient solar panel still looks like a solar panel), but this new solar power system developed at the University of Michigan certainly won't have any trouble turning a few heads. Not only is it...
Researchers shows off self-contained, 9mm solar power system
Discovery opens door to cheaper solar panels

NC State nanoflowers can boost battery and solar cell capacity, make great prom accessories

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We see a lot of sleek-looking technology pass through our doors, but it's rare that the inventions could be called beautiful by those who aren't immersed in the gadget world. We'd venture that North Carolina State University might have crossed the divide by creating an energy storage technology that's...
NC State nanoflowers can boost battery and solar cell capacity, make great prom accessories

Quantum dots make first commercial appearance in Sony TVs

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Even smaller than nanoparticles, quantum dots may represent the next frontier in ultra-miniature electronics. Now they’re actually finding their way into commercial products, starting with a new line of Bravia televisions from Sony. Sony announced the new line of TVs at CES 2013 earlier this month, touting the quantum...
Quantum dots make first commercial appearance in Sony TVs

USC develops printable liquid solar cells for flexible, low-cost panels

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Solar cells are becoming more viable sources of energy -- and as they become more efficient, they're only getting smaller and cheaper to produce. Liquid nanocrystal cells are traditionally inefficient at converting sunlight into electricity, but by adding a synthetic ligand to help transmit currents, researchers at USC have...
USC develops printable liquid solar cells for flexible, low-cost panels

Britain joins space race with first satellite: From the archive, 7 June 1963

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The UK-3 was renamed Ariel 3 before its launch in California in 1967. It became the first all-British made satellite to be sent into spaceLe Bourget, ParisThe job of building Britain's first earth satellite has been given to the British Aircraft Corporation, a contract probably worth between £500,000 and £1...
Britain joins space race with first satellite: From the archive, 7 June 1963

UCSB engineers proteins that make silicon, leads hipsters to insist on organically-grown computers

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Organic circuits have been in development for awhile, but it's still rare that the organics are producing the circuitry themselves. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara plan to break that silence with genetically engineered proteins that can make silicon dioxide or titanium dioxide structures like those used...
UCSB engineers proteins that make silicon, leads hipsters to insist on organically-grown computers
Silicon circuits that dissolve when wet made for smart medical implants

Sharp Rescue Needs Precision

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Sharp posted record profits four years ago too. But the Osaka-based firm suffers from a focus on fancy TVs, withering price competition for solar cells and a strong yen that erodes returns for a manufacturer that still makes much of its gear in Japan....
Sharp Rescue Needs Precision

Corning announces slim, flexible ‘Willow Glass’ [Video]

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Corning Inc., the manufacturer behind Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 2, and other display products, just announced a new ultra-slim, flexible glass called “Willow Glass“. The Corning, N.Y.-based Company unveiled its new technology at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week tradeshow in Boston this morning. The highlight is its ability to ”wrap” around...
Corning announces slim, flexible ‘Willow Glass’ [Video]

Stick these solar cells on your phone or whatever else

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These decal-like panels can go anywhere and don't lose any efficiency. [Read more]...
Stick these solar cells on your phone or whatever else

Rethinking Higher Education Is Important, But NY Times Analysis Is Lacking

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Recently, the New York Times had a trend piece about the Thiel Fellowship program. The program is very interesting, and I was hoping to garner some insight into its success. However, I was left severely disappointed at the lack of any critical examination of the program, which is still quite controversial. The...
Rethinking Higher Education Is Important, But NY Times Analysis Is Lacking

Solar glass that traps sunlight and boosts solar power

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Researchers have long been hard at work figuring out ways that solar panels can convert more sunlight into electricity. A startup hailing from Australia, Brisband Materials, now says it’s figured out how to do this effectively using an anti-reflective coating, and on Monday it plans to announce an AUD $5...
Solar glass that traps sunlight and boosts solar power

3D, light-trapping solar cells successfully fabricated by Solar3D

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Solar3D probably isn't a company you're particularly familiar with... at least not yet. The California-based manufacturer has just successfully fabricated a three dimensional solar panel that traps sun light in nano-scale wells on a silicon wafer. Perhaps most exciting, the prototype panel was built using off-the-shelf tech from Panasonic,...
3D, light-trapping solar cells successfully fabricated by Solar3D

Logitech uses the sun to power new iPad keyboard case

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You won’t be replacing batteries on Logitech’s newest iPad keyboard case. As its name implies, the Solar Keyboard Folio uses light to maintain its battery life, which is two years on a complete charge, claims Logitech. Two small solar panels integrated into the Folio use either indoor or outdoor light...
Logitech uses the sun to power new iPad keyboard case

7 major energy trends to watch for in 2013, via DOE bigwig David Sandalow

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David Sandalow, the acting U.S. Under Secretary of Energy, says the Department of Energy’s programs to invest in energy innovation are about “trying to replicate the rate of IT innovation for energy.” He made the remarks at the Cleantech Investor Summit on Wednesday to a few hundred entrepreneurs, and investors...
7 major energy trends to watch for in 2013, via DOE bigwig David Sandalow
Meet the new spray-on battery that comes in a can

Booting Up: Solar Powered Edition

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PayPal may launch a product to compete with ousted cofounder Jack Dorsey's Square [GigaOM] Secret startup in Mississippi, Twin Creeks, has developed technology they claim can cut the cost of solar cells in half [Technology Review] Social transparency investment platform eToro raises $15 million in a venture round led by...
Booting Up: Solar Powered Edition

Researchers make unsuitable parts work as solar cells, could lead to cheaper panels

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Harnessing the power of the sun is a tricky business, but even the past few weeks have seen some interesting developments in the field. In this latest installment, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California have figured out a way of making solar cells...
Researchers make unsuitable parts work as solar cells, could lead to cheaper panels

NASA Just Fired 3 Smartphones Into Space (GOOG)

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NASA has launched three HTC Nexus-One smartphones into space as part of its Small Spacecraft Technology Program, reports the LA Times. The adorable names picked out for the trio of space-borne phones? Alexander, Graham, and Bell, of course. Each one is currently sitting pretty in 4-inch aluminum cubes, orbiting the...
NASA Just Fired 3 Smartphones Into Space (GOOG)

Inhabitat's Week in Green: algae-powered building, ionic wind thrusters and 3D-textured solar cells

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. This week, Inhabitat reported that the world's first algae-powered building officially opened its doors in Hamburg. It's called the BIQ House and it features...
Inhabitat's Week in Green: algae-powered building, ionic wind thrusters and 3D-textured solar cells

Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible

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Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics using only their minds,...
Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible
Solar cell coating could break efficiency barrier, researchers claim

A solar startup aims to crank up solar power with efficient materials

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Raising money for solar technology manufacturing is tough these days. But a startup called Malachite Technologies hopes to break through with an idea to design equipment that can make a solar cell using super efficient semiconductor materials that can boost the solar energy generation of a panel. The company pitched...
A solar startup aims to crank up solar power with efficient materials
Panasonic to use solar-powered batteries to broadcast Japanese solar eclipse on May 20th

Q&A: Solensphere's looks to produce electricity in a more efficient manner

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Team Solensphere — Feng Shi; Adam Burwell; and Corbyn Jahn – at the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Photo Matt Hagen Solensphere Renewables has developed a solar concentrator system that intensely focuses sunlight using a reflector fashioned after a telescope. Concentrating sunlight makes more efficient use of expensive solar cells. To learn...
Q&A: Solensphere's looks to produce electricity in a more efficient manner

Harvard global grid computing project will help create printable solar cells

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Harvards Clean Energy Project is conducting a study on millions of potential chemical structures and has identified next-generation organic solar cell material....
Harvard global grid computing project will help create printable solar cells
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