Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new silicon based paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. The development has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy, or amount of energy that can be delivered per unit weight of the battery. The new paper-like material is composed […]

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 […]

Two press releases show that both silicon and organic solar are closing in on dramatic cost reductions per watt-hour. The major market player based on silicon, that’s using about 40% of the overall cost, is getting a new MIT approach that could reduce the thickness of the silicon used by more than 90 percent while […]

Northwestern University engineers show in the journal Advanced Energy Materials they have developed technology that could hugely improve lithium batteries.  The new anode technology suggests a cellphone battery might recharge in 15 minutes and last ten times longer. The scientists combined two chemical engineering approaches to address two major battery limitations — energy capacity and […]

Bridgelux of Livermore California is claiming a breakthrough in using silicon to fabricate light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Their answer might be a breakthrough in producing LEDs at affordable prices with performance worthy of converting consumers. Light-emitting diodes are expected to be the new-wave components in many lighting applications because of their superior energy efficiency and longevity. […]