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A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.
The laser as an industrial tool is a key technology in the photovoltaics industry, says Jürgen Stollhof, program manager, micro processing, at TRUMPF Inc. He reviews laser manufacturing processes and TRUMPF products for thin film solar cells, edge ablation, and passivation on crystalline silicon photovoltaics.
Living a green lifestyle is obviously a great way to benefit the environment, from the local community aspect right up to the global level. But did you know that, as well as helping to preserve our world, ‘going green’ can save you money too? We look at some easy ways to do both, below. Getting into the ethos The mantra […]
Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 this week with a thin sapphire screen that is incredibly scratch resistant. And the company can thank the solar industry for that innovation. The super-thin screen is made through a process called proton induced exfoliation or PIE invented by Twin Creeks Technologies. With PIE, high-energy protons are fired at a crystalline […]
For every revolutionary advance in solar, there are countless evolutionary dead-ends — technologies that were well worth exploring, but ones that ultimately failed to live up to the mantra of "cut costs or die."
Central Appalachia’s New Year Resolutions: What Stereotypes and Renewable Energy Development Have in Common
A newly emerging network called the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies (CASE network) has launched an interesting social media campaign focused on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Yet, what these resolutions won’t tell you are what stereotypes and renewable energy development have in common.
A startup company has emerged from stealth mode with a new technology that promises to radically change the game for silicon solar photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing, by taking out almost all the starting material and up-front process costs.
Recent developments raise the possibility of achieving optimization of key parameters such as thin wafers, low-kerf, and high yield.
Recent developments raise the possibility of achieving optimization of key parameters such as thin wafers, low-kerf, and high yield