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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Faye Oney / June 20, 2018

Bubble tracking method to predict the behavior of flows in nuclear reactors, flexible solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 20, 2018.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / March 15, 2017

Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets could offer alternative to graphene, supercomputer helps design jets from composite materials that will burn less fuel, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 15, 2017.

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Quantum dots to reduce heat loss in PV cells

By / June 21, 2010

In a recent post at ScientificAmerican.com, David Bielo details many of the inefficiencies of photovoltaic cells. Although layered cells composed of various elements can convert more than 40 percent of sunlight into electricity, more simple semiconducting materials such as silicon hover around 20 percent when mass-produced. And, at best, such cells could convert only a…

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Cadmium oxide nanofibers show better performance in photovoltaic cells

By / January 5, 2010

The Iranian researchers at the Materials and Energy Research Center managed to produce nanofibers from cadmium oxide which look promising for application in gas sensors and photovoltaic cells. The findings were published in the Chemical Engineering Journal. “Given the wide applications of cadmium oxide in gas sensors, photovoltaic cells, and transparent electrodes as well as…

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Photovoltaic implant gives sight to the blind

By / December 30, 2009

Researchers at Stanford University recently announced that they have developed a new artificial retina implant that uses photovoltaic power and could help the blind see. The problem with previous implants was that there was no way send power to the chip in order to process light and data inside the eye. Now, miniature photovoltaic cells…

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First stage of NASA’s ‘space elevator’ contest won

By / November 6, 2009

LaserMotive‘s photovoltaic-powered machine became the first in the three-year history of NASA’s space elevator contest to climb a 2,953-foot-long ribbon, securing a prize of $900,000. The competition saw teams use laser-powered robots they designed and built to climb a 1 kilometer-long cable suspended vertically from a hovering helicopter. LaserMotive fell short of the $2 million…

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