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More ‘green’ for clean energy: DOE launches $40M effort to advance materials research for renewable energy

By Stephanie Liverani / February 26, 2016

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a $40 million effort to improve materials for clean energy solutions that will “give American entrepreneurs and manufacturers a leg up in the global race for clean energy,” says a DOE news release.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest (with video)

By April Gocha / April 8, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest on April 8, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 16, 2013

Roll-to-roll coating of electrodes at Fraunhofer IWS: The scientists now have optimized the design of anode and cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries. Credit: Jürgen Leibmann. A longer life for lithium-sulfur batteries There are currently over 40 million cars on Germany’s roads. Only a fraction of them are powered by electric energy—around 6,400 vehicles. The comparatively short…

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Quantum dots to reduce heat loss in PV cells

By / June 21, 2010

In a recent post at, 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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