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Smart wireless power outlets

Many homeowners dream of being able to wash a load of laundry when the photovoltaic panels on the roof are delivering a maximum of electricity, even when they are not at home. A new Internet-enabled power ...

dateAug 02, 2012 in Engineering
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Photovoltaics from any semiconductor

A technology that would enable low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence ...

dateJul 26, 2012 in Nanophysics
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Anti-aging elixir for solar cells

Photovoltaic modules deliver power without risks to the environment and climate. But solar-power is expensive. Therefore, it is imperative that the modules last as long as possible, 25 years or more. Fraunhofer ...

dateJul 03, 2012 in Energy & Green Tech
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Tighter 'stitching' makes better graphene

(Phys.org) -- Similar to how tighter stiches make for a better quality quilt, the "stitching" between individual crystals of graphene affects how well these carbon monolayers conduct electricity and retain ...

dateJun 01, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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Thermally stable solar cell materials

(Phys.org) -- European researchers have developed a simple thermodynamic method to predict whether a substance can resist the high temperatures normally involved in the production of thin films for photovoltaic devices. The ...

dateMay 04, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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