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Adding Graphene Girders to Silicon Electrodes Could Double the Life of Lithium Batteries

01/23/2018

New research led by WMG, at the University of Warwick has found an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries using silicon, by reinforcing the anode's structure with graphene girders. This could more than double the life of rechargeable lithium-ion based batteries

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Making Fuel Cells for a Fraction of the Cost

01/22/2018

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Fuel cells have the potential to be a clean and efficient way to run cars, computers, and power stations, but the cost of producing them is limiting their use. That's because a key component of the most common fuel cells is

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Breakthrough 1,000 Degree C Solar to get First Commercial Trial

01/22/2018

A new solar technology is twice as efficient, cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, by raising operating temperatures to 1,000°C, almost twice the 565°C molten salt temperature in current concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. For most innovative research in clean energy,

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Light-Splitting Greenhouse Film Could Improve Photosynthetic Efficiency

01/17/2018

University of Colorado Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in

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Magnetic Liquids Improve Energy Efficiency of Buildings

01/17/2018

(Jena, Germany) Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint

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Littelfuse Completes Acquisition of IXYS Corporation

01/17/2018

CHICAGO – Littelfuse, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS). IXYS is a global pioneer in the power semiconductor market with a focus on medium- to high-voltage power semiconductors across the industrial, communications, consumer and medical device

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Anglia named Panasonic’s Regional Distributor of the year

01/16/2018

Anglia Components today announced that it has been named Regional Distributor of the year 2017 by Panasonic. The award recognises Anglia’s strong sales performance and investment in Panasonic’s product range.

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Slow 'Hot Electrons' Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

01/16/2018

Photons with energy higher than the 'band gap' of the semiconductor absorbing them give rise to what are known as hot electrons. The extra energy in respect to the band gap is lost very fast, as it is converted into heat so it does not contribute to the voltage. University of Groningen Professor

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Shale Gas is One of The Least Sustainable Ways to Produce Electricity, Research Finds

01/16/2018

Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research from The University of Manchester. Taking into account a range of sustainability aspects and assuming that they are all equally important, the research found that shale gas overall ranks

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X-rays Reveal 'Handedness' in Swirling Electric Vortices

01/16/2018

Scientists used spiraling X-rays at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to observe, for the first time, a property that gives handedness to swirling electric patterns - dubbed polar vortices - in a synthetically layered material. This property,

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