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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / April 19, 2013

Onyx: A brand new colorful source of energy Onyx Solar has rolled out a complete new full range of colored photovoltaic glass. The new product, which allows any sustainable project to configure a customized design in any color (or combination of colors) while generating clean and free energy. The wide range of tones and colors…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / March 26, 2013

Nanowire crystals used as the solar cells. SEM image of GaAs nanowire crystal grown on a silicon substrate. Credit: Krogstrup et al., Niels Bohr Institute. Nanowire solar cells raise efficiency limit Scientists from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark, and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that a single GaAs…

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Popular Mechanics awards breakthrough innovators and products

By Eileen De Guire / October 15, 2012

Cubify, a manufacturer of “affordable” desktop 3D printers, was named one of Popular Mechanics magazine’s Breakthrough Product Awards for 2012. The unit sells for about $1300. The magazine awarded ten Breakthrough Product awards and ten Breakthrough Innovation awards at an Oct. 4 gala in New York. Credit: Cubify; 3D Systems Corp. If you are like…

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Two approaches for using nanowires, including core–shell structures, to improve photovoltaics

By / September 2, 2011

Schematic shows how to make core/shell nanowire solar cell starting from left with a CdS nanowire (green) that is dipped in CuCl where cation exchange reaction creates a Cu2S shell coating (brown). Metal contacts are then deposited on the CdS core and Cu2S shell. Credit: Yang et. al. By sheer coincidence, I received information about…

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Other materials stories that may also be of interest

By / August 18, 2011

Check ’em out: Why we need a Kelley Blue Book for solar Swarmanoids (like the Mission Impossible crew, only better) Building honors site’s history as an aggregate mine with extensive use of concrete Suppression of the coffee-ring effect by shape-dependent capillary interactions Lightweight solar panels can be worn by soldiers in combat Shrinking an arbitrary…

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Making photovoltaic solar cells that last

By Eileen De Guire / June 1, 2011

Solar concentration mirror for PV energy generation. Credit: Replex Plastics. Yesterday, the DOE announced $27 million in new funding for projects aimed at reducing the non-hardware costs of solar energy – things like streamlining zoning, building codes, regulations, etc. and the IT systems that will support them. It’s part of meeting the Obama administration’s SunShot…

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Georgia Tech group creates 3D photovoltaic system

By / November 3, 2009

What if there was a way to create a material covered with tiny 3D solar collectors instead of the typical 2D flat photovoltaic systems (and in this context flexible PV sheets still count as two-dimensional)? And, what if you could “feed” these collectors with sunlight via optical fibers? Then you might be able to tuck…

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Army intros new energy program, test projects

By / December 4, 2008

The United State Army’s newly introduced energy plan calls for the construction of what could be the world’s most powerful solar power plant and initiation of four additional pilot projects designed to reduce the Army’s dependence on fossil fuels. New pilot projects: Announced in early Oct., the plan has established a Senior Energy Council, which will act…

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Catalyst discovery unlocks low-cost solar storage

By / August 18, 2008

MIT researchers have discovered a fairly cheap and easy way to store solar power so it can be utilized when the sun is not shining – a development they claim will make solar power a mainstream energy source within the next decade.

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