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New Arrangement of Polymers and Fullerenes Enhances Solar Panel Efficiency

New Arrangement of Polymers and Fullerenes Enhances Solar Panel Efficiency

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have tested a new material design that enhances the ability of inexpensive solar panels to collect solar energy and release it in the form of electricity. [More]
Local Motors Unveils Designs for the World’s First Production Line of 3D-Printed Cars

Local Motors Unveils Designs for the World’s First Production Line of 3D-Printed Cars

Local Motors, a company specializing in design and development of vehicles, has declared the winner of its Project Redacted challenge - a unique competition launched to challenge the co-creation community to design state-of-the-art 3D-printed cars. This competition will also serve as an inspiration for the world’s first 3D-printed car. [More]
New Coating Mechanism Prevents Solar Panels from Being Overheated

New Coating Mechanism Prevents Solar Panels from Being Overheated

The use of smart materials in solar thermal collectors is becoming increasingly popular. A research team from EPFL has produced a coating that can both absorb and radiate heat. [More]
Alabama Graphite Begins Production of Coated Spherical Graphite for Use in Lithium Ion Batteries

Alabama Graphite Begins Production of Coated Spherical Graphite for Use in Lithium Ion Batteries

Alabama Graphite Corp. ("Alabama Graphite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has commenced work on production of coated spherical graphite (CSPG) for the use in anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries. [More]
First Ever Kanthal Award 2015 Goes to Arcelor Mittal for Innovative Use of Kanthal APMT™ Rollers

First Ever Kanthal Award 2015 Goes to Arcelor Mittal for Innovative Use of Kanthal APMT™ Rollers

The first ever Kanthal Award 2015 goes to Arcelor Mittal for their innovative use of Kanthal APMT™ rollers. By excluding water cooling in the process Arcelor Mittal has managed to significantly reduce energy consumption, thereby contributing to a sustainable reduction in energy use. The prize was presented at the Thermprocess Exhibition in Dusseldorf. [More]
New Honeycomb Structures Provide Protection from Multiple Impacts

New Honeycomb Structures Provide Protection from Multiple Impacts

A research team at the Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, has developed an innovative technology that could help future military gear and vehicles to offer excellent protection from impact. [More]
Tree-Shaped Architecture Improves Efficiency of Phase Change Energy Storage Systems

Tree-Shaped Architecture Improves Efficiency of Phase Change Energy Storage Systems

Researchers have discovered that when materials are melted along a tree-shaped pattern of lines, the efficiency of phase change energy storage systems can be improved significantly. Materials tend to melt quickly when the lines of heat propagate across the cold material, just like a tree’s branches, and the speed of melting can be gradually raised by enabling the tree design to evolve freely over time. This latest finding may pave the way for improving the performance of phase change energy storage systems. The study results have been reported in AIP Publishing’s Journal of Applied Physics. [More]
New Research to Understand the Limits of Batteries Operating at High Power

New Research to Understand the Limits of Batteries Operating at High Power

A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher is working to determine how oversized a battery has to be while operating safely and efficiently during its lifetime of use by the U.S. Navy. [More]

Brush Group Optimises Turbogenerator Design with Ansys Multiphysics Solutions

The Brush Group, the largest independent manufacturer of turbogenerators in the world, is boosting performance of its generators for gas, steam and hydro-turbine drive applications by leveraging ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) mult... [More]
Black Nanostructured Silicon Solar Cells Demonstrate Record-Breaking Efficiency

Black Nanostructured Silicon Solar Cells Demonstrate Record-Breaking Efficiency

Researchers from the Aalto University and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have achieved a record-breaking 22.1% efficiency on nanostructured silicon solar cells. The Fraunhofer ISE CalLab has certified this record efficiency. [More]