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Table Salt: Making Solar Cells Better

Table Salt: Making Solar Cells Better

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures—materials that have huge potential in everything from biomedicine to solar cells and energy storage. This extraordinary compound is called table salt. Simple sodium chloride, most frequently found in a salt


Reproducing Nuclear Reactor Damage in the Lab

A new $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will enable University of Michigan engineering researchers to advance the understanding of how radiation damages nuclear reactor components by reproducing nuclear reactor damage under controlled conditions. The work could enable engineers to predict when and how components in nuclear power reactors will wear out,


Next Generation Lithium Ion Battery Developed at USC

Researchers at USC, , according to recently published research in Nano Research, have “developed a new lithium-ion battery design that uses porous silicon nanoparticles in place of the traditional graphite anodes to provide superior performance.” “It’s an exciting research. It opens the door for the design of the next generation lithium-ion batteries,” said Chongwu Zhou, professor at


In Focus: Ion Implantation

Pure silicon isn’t terribly thrilling. It’s neither a perfect insulator nor a perfect conductor. It’s somewhere in the middle. Inserting a smattering of boron or phosphorus atoms into the silicon crystal lattice really spices things up. This process is called ion implantation and it’s one of the fundamental processes used to make microchips. Since we


Ion Implantation: The Next Solar Patent War?

As noted in a previous post, solar patent litigation has begun to move upstream to encompass photovoltaic manufacturing equipment. Some recent public statements by PV production equipment maker Silicon Genesis (SiGen) about startup equipment vendor Twin Creeks Technologies (Twin Creeks) hint at more upstream solar patent trouble on the horizon. This Greentech Media story quotes a SiGen

Sanyo, Panasonic Introduce Everleds Lithium-ion Solar Street Light

Sanyo and Panasonic recently announced the launch of the Everleds Lithium-ion Solar StreetLight that is designed to reduce impact on the environment. Thehigh-tech street light is made by combining solar cells and lithium-ionbatteries. The high efficiency solar cells harness solar energy andstore it in the lithium-ion batteries attached to the back of the panel. Unlike


MIT Research Unveils New Lithium-Ion Battery

We have long accepted the image of the 21st century that includes iPhones and robots and flat screen televisions and electric vehicles… Now, a research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating the latest in new-wave technology: rechargeable fabric batteries. That’s right. Rechargeable batteries are no longer reserved for your cell phone and


Panasonic Li-ion Battery Stores Surplus Renewable Energy for Home Use

Aftersuccessfully acquiring more than a 50% stake in Sanyo, Panasonic isplanning to commercialize a lithium-ion storage cell for home use. Thecompany has already test-manufactured a storage battery for home use,which can store enough electricity for about one week of use. Thisnew storage cell will be able to store excess renewable energy and useit to power


Techtium debuts world’s most efficient solar charger IC

Techtium Ltd.has unveiled the world’s first dedicated Li-ion solar charging IC withrecord breaking efficiency. The company’s TEC 103 is a power conversionsolution for portable solar chargers that are used to charge portablegadgets like cellphones and Bluetooth headsets. The company claimsthat the IC boosts the output of a single PV cell from 0.5VDC to Li-ionvoltages at