Breakthroughs in materials science and plasma chemistry could boost the output of thin, flexible solar cells by 50%, says Iowa State University researcher Vikram Dalal. Dalal is working with PowerFilm Inc., Ames, Iowa, a maker of the devices.
Eighteen-wheelers and passenger vehicles may be a bit more fuel efficient, thanks to three recent developments from Gates Corp., Denver.
A novel organic semiconductor device from Cornell University researchers uses ionic junctions that electroluminesce and act as a photovoltaic cell. The idea could lead to displays on cloth or paper, and cheap solar cells.
Innovative propulsion system enhances efficiency, cuts emissions
Worldwide, more than 14 million metric tons of polystyrene are produced annually. But the material is tough to dispose of because it takes thousands of years to decompose.
High-performance, lubricant-free composite I-CAM cam followers replace conventional metal cam followers to eliminate metal-to-metal contact, which damages steel and aluminum rails.
A molding compound called BMC 44-10-SP is designed for solar roofing tiles on residential and commercial buildings.
The VSS+DC flywheel-based, clean-energy storage system provides power for networks and data centers.
Tiny, inexpensive sensors that detect hydrogen leaks and alert users by wireless link could help spur on the so-called hydrogen economy, says a University of Florida research team.