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ORNL Researchers are Developing Transparent Low-Cost Anti-Soiling Coating for Solar Reflectors

ORNL Researchers are Developing Transparent Low-Cost Anti-Soiling Coating for Solar Reflectors

Soiling -- the accumulation of dust and sand -- on solar power reflectors and photovoltaic cells is one of the main efficiency drags for solar power plants, capable of reducing reflectivity up to 50 percent in 14 days. Though plants can perform manual cleaning and brushing with deionized water and detergent, this labor-intensive routine significantly raises operating and maintenance costs (O&M), which is reflected in the cost of solar energy for consumers. [More]
Bacterial Spore Generator Could Provide a Steady Source of Green Electricity

Bacterial Spore Generator Could Provide a Steady Source of Green Electricity

A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Its developers foresee electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbors. [More]
University Researchers Engineer Efficient and Eco-friendly Catalyst for Producing Molecular Hydrogen

University Researchers Engineer Efficient and Eco-friendly Catalyst for Producing Molecular Hydrogen

University researchers from two continents have engineered an efficient and environmentally friendly catalyst for the production of molecular hydrogen (H2), a compound used extensively in modern industry to manufacture fertilizer and refine crude oil into gasoline. [More]
New Method to Quickly Generate Hydrogen from Water Using Light and Nanoparticles

New Method to Quickly Generate Hydrogen from Water Using Light and Nanoparticles

Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. [More]
New Soft Tissue Imaging Technology to be Presented at PowerMEMS 2013

New Soft Tissue Imaging Technology to be Presented at PowerMEMS 2013

X-rays transformed medicine a century ago by providing a noninvasive way to detect internal structures in the body. Still, they have limitations: X-rays cannot image the body’s soft tissues, except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected, and their resolution is limited. [More]
High-Output Flexible Nanogenerator Fabricated Using Biotemplated Piezoelectric Material

High-Output Flexible Nanogenerator Fabricated Using Biotemplated Piezoelectric Material

A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee and Professor Yoon Sung Nam from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST has developed the biotemplated design of flexible piezoelectric energy harvesting device, called "nanogenerator." [More]
Nanoscale Coatings Applied by ALD Serve Multiple Purposes in Water-Splitting Technology

Nanoscale Coatings Applied by ALD Serve Multiple Purposes in Water-Splitting Technology

Splitting water into its components, two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, is an important first step in achieving carbon-neutral fuels to power our transportation infrastructure – including automobiles and planes. [More]

imec Develop Large Area Silicon Solar Cell with 20.2% Conversion Efficiency

Nanoelectronics research centre imec announced today that they have developed large area (156x156mm2) i-PERC-type silicon solar cells using a new processing sequence based on laser doping from a thin atomic layer depo... [More]
Pixelligent Technologies Receives SBIT Phase II Grant by Department of Energy (DOE)

Pixelligent Technologies Receives SBIT Phase II Grant by Department of Energy (DOE)

Pixelligent Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant by the Department of Energy (DOE). The two-year $1M program will enable Pixelligent to accelerate the development of its nanoadditives for use in advanced lubricants to reduce fuel consumption and engine wear. [More]
New Book Covers Latest Trends in Applications of Nanotechnology to Thermal-Fluids

New Book Covers Latest Trends in Applications of Nanotechnology to Thermal-Fluids

"Nanofins - Science and Applications”, a book co-authored by Dr. Debjyoti Banerjee with Dr. Navdeep Singh was recently published by Springer. Dr. Banerjee is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Navdeep Singh is one of his former Ph.D. students. Dr. Singh is currently a faculty member at the University of Houston. [More]
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