Erik Marstein, head of the Norwegian Research Center for Solar Cell Technology, head of Research for the solar cell unit at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) at Kjeller outside of Oslo, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo (UiO) with Professor Aasmund Sudbø in the Department of [...]

University of Minnesota scientists have developed a way to grow iron-oxidizing bacteria using electricity instead of iron.  The new development opens the possibility for further study that could lead to developing organisms that could one day be used to turn electricity into fuel.  All civilization would need then is an abundance of electrical generating capacity. [...]

Researchers at Northwestern University’s McCormick Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a new design for organic solar cells that could lead to more efficient, less expensive solar power.  The battle on production expense for silicon cells has an estimated 10 times cost disadvantage to coal, transmission and distribution costs.  So it’s a long climb.  Organic [...]

A new way of making crystalline silicon could make the crucial ingredient of computers and solar cells much cheaper and greener.  It may also be useful in the topic of the post January 23rd, Nano Silicon Powder Produces Hydrogen Without Energy. Silicon dioxide, that we see as typical sand, makes up about 40 percent of [...]

No Boeing 787 Dreamliners have crashed or burned to the ground, but lithium ion technology is back in the news with a vengeance.  The lithium ion batteries that are used in the Boeing 787 are not good enough – they have runaway overheating and discharge smoke and fumes.  In flight this would be very alarming [...]

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