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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Scientists Use Crab Shells to Make Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists Use Crab Shells to Make Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

If you can make a battery out of a piece of citrus, why not a crustacean? Scientists at Stanford University are taking a look at the nanostructure of crab shells to create better lithium-ion batteries.

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The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar panels offer a clean source of alternative energy - but ironically, the solar industry has a significant carbon footprint due to its reliance on coal and

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University Of Texas to Use Carbon Nanotubes to Create Super-Strong Artificial Muscles

University Of Texas to Use Carbon Nanotubes to Create Super-Strong Artificial Muscles

Photo from Shutterstock Carbon nanotubes are a ground-breaking material that have been proposed for use in everything from solar paint to the construction of space elevators. Now the University of

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Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Carbon nanotube image from Shutterstock Carbon nanotubes are heralded as a next-gen wonder material capable of creating everything from space elevators to better batteries, and now a team of

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MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new type of textured solar surface that could bring down the cost of photovoltaic technology by reducing the thickness of silicon used by more than 90% while

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Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

The Tata Group has signed a deal with the founder of SunCatalytix, MIT scientist Daniel Nocera, who has discovered how to generate energy water. Although the terms of their agreement have not yet been

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Bridgelux Cuts LED Costs by 75% With Revolutionary Silicon-Based Technology

Bridgelux Cuts LED Costs by 75% With Revolutionary Silicon-Based Technology

The Bay area startup Bridgelux has unveiled a brand new LED technology that can reduce upfront costs by a whopping 75%. Despite being an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient alternative to

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Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels

Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels

We all know that solar panels are at the forefront of green energy technology, but they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing to look at. Aiming to solve that issue, Greendix, a custom solar panel

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Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Forget silicon -- the next major light-absorbing material in solar cells could be carbon. Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have figured out how to effectively create big sheets of carbon that

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IBM Developing Chips That Carry Information Using Pulses of Light

IBM Developing Chips That Carry Information Using Pulses of Light

At the moment, electrical signals transfer information between computer chips using copper wires--a process that sucks up a lot of energy. But now researchers from IBM have developed a process that scraps

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Colored Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight

Colored Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight

With normal solar cells, you need direct sunlight for them to generate power, and if the panels are at all shaded the efficiency drops significantly. A new type of solar cell, being developed in

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Australian Scientists Develop World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell

Australian Scientists Develop World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell

The race for the world's most efficient solar power cell is forever played out in fractions of percentages. The latest victory comes from scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia, who

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