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Zephyr Solar Powered Plane Makes an Unofficial World Record
"The UK-built Zephyr - a
high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) plane - has set a
world record for longest unmanned flight by staying aloft for more than 82
hours. That time beats the current
official world record for unmanned flight set by the US robot plane Global Hawk
- of 30 hours, 24 minutes - and even Zephyr's own previous best of 54 hours
achieved last year."
Click the image to read the full article on www.designboom.com
Nottingham Engineers Develop Super Batteries
intermittent power generated by renewable sources means that electricity
storage solutions will become increasingly important as the UK transitions into
a low-carbon energy infrastructure.
is the belief of researchers at Nottingham University who are developing a new
generation of super batteries that will collect, store and, when called upon,
quickly release electricity generated by renewables.
George Chen and Dr Christian Klumpner, from the university's engineering
department, are leading one of two Nottingham research teams that have received
a total of £1.1m in funds from E.ON to develop ways to meet the energy storage
Click here to read the full article on www.theengineer.co.uk
Electric Plastics: Better Bionic Eyes and Ears
by Fresh Science, with Reporting by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor PD&D, June 23, 2010
"A researcher from the University
of New South Wales (UNSW) has created conductive bioplastics which will
transform the performance of bionic devices like the cochlear ear and the
proposed bionic eye.
"Our plastics will lead to
smaller devices that use safer smaller currents and that encourage nerve
interaction," says biomedical engineer Rylie Green.
Green's plastics are already
being tested in prototype bionic eyes and she hopes they will find application
in bionic ears and robotic limbs using spinal cord and peripheral nerve cells -
wherever researchers are attempting to integrate electronics with the human
Bionic devices connect into the
nervous system. Right now, the electrodes they use are made out of metals like
platinum and iridium which don't always work with the body because metals have
smooth surfaces. The body immediately tags the electrodes as foreign material
and tries to wall them off by growing fibrous, scar tissue around the implant."
Click the image to read the full article on www.pddnet.com
Image: Rylie Green
Solar Roof Tiles
"The American company SRS Energy has taken the idea of solar panels
design for rooftop to a whole new level by integrating them right into roof
tiles. Rather than using flat panels installed over traditional roofing materials,
SRS Energy has developed solar panel roofing tiles that integrate right into
the roof. The unique design allows the tiles to blend right into the roof,
making themselves almost invisible."
Click on the image to read the full article on www.designboom.com
Image: SRS Energy
Organic LED Plant to be Built with DOE Help
Display and Moser Baer Technologies (India) awarded a $4 million contract by the US Dept.
of Energy to build a US based OLED pilot plant. Funds were awarded under the
American Recovery Reinvestment Act. The plant will produce OLED lighting
product based on the phosphorescent OLED (Universal PHOLED) materials Universal Display has developed. The market
for solid state light technology has been increasing at about 37% per/year. The
solid state lighting market size could be over $20 billion US by 2016. The Korean
Government has announced they will invest $17 billion US into OLED manufacturing
according to Printed Electronics World.
Click the image to read the article in www.printedelectronicsworld.com
Click here to link to the Universal Display Web Site
Image: NEC Lighting
Ultra Porous Hot Electron a-Silicon Photovoltaics
Krzystof Kempa and Zhifeng Ren, and Michael Naughton, Boston College, Dept of
Physics, have been studying the hot
electron effect which will be able to extract more energy from photovoltaics.
This is known as part of the family of third generation photovoltaic cells. The
situation with conventional solar cells is their energy gap does not match the
incident solar radiation distribution very well. After absorbing some of its
energy to an electron excited from the valance band to the conduction band,
much of the higher energy in the blue region is lost as heat as lattice
vibrations. Capturing this excess energy before it is converted to heat is the
goal of the work at Boston College. Device using ultra-thin, 5 nm thick,
a-Silicon p-i-n cells have been constructed.
Click here to link to a short lecture video clip on www.azonano.com
Click here to link to a related article on www.spie.org
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OSRAM Expands LED Manufacturing for Lighting and Automotive Applications
Osram Opto Semiconductors, Munich, Germany (Siemens subsidiary) opened its new 390,000
sq. foot LED wafer fabrication plant in Penang, Malaysia. The cost was estimated at $100 - $120
million to add to its current back-end facility. LED chips will be built with indium-gallium-nitride using 4-inch wafers, serving as the basis for blue,
green and white LEDs. Osram also
plans to add a new LED production module to its existing LED facility in
Regensburg, Germany by end of 2010.
Osram is now the only LED manufacturer with plants in Europe and
Asia. Currently, Osram is the
world's second largest LED manufacturer after Japan's Nichia.
Osram forecasts a threefold increase in the LED and organic LED
(OLED) market to almost $16 billion by 2012 as new markets and applications are
found. These technologies offer
benefits of small size, long lifetime and high energy-efficiency. Martin Goetzeler (Osram CEO) indicated that
they have already achieved 17% of sales in solid state lighting. In comparison
with classic lighting technologies the energy saving potential for solid state
lighting could be up to 60 %. This can be a major contribution to climate
protection. New LED applications
include projectors, and advertising boards replaced by LED display video
Click here to read the entire story on the OSRAM Web Site
Top 50 Glaziers Announced by Glass Magazine
The top 50 US Glaziers of 2009 have been summarized by Glass
Magazine. Of the 50 companies about 55% reported a 15.4% on average drop in
sales. For the 44% who saw an increase in sales the growth, they experienced an
average increase of 19.6%. Some
companies expanded in to new markets and added new building services. Other
companies expanded by acquisitions and by adding new design center locations. Some
companies started distributing and installing solar systems. Other companies changed their target marketing
to health care facilities and many smaller projects.
On the top of the list in
the $200-300 million sales bracket are Permasteelisa North America (Windsor, CT) ,
Enclos, Corp. (Eagan, MN), Benson Industries, LLC (Portland, OR) and Harmon,
Inc. (Eden Prarie,MN). In the $100-200 million sales bracket are Walters &Wolf
(Mukilteo, WA), Trainor Glass (Alsip, IL), W&W Glass LLC, (Nanuet, NY) and
Haley-Greer, Inc. (Dallas, TX).
Click here to read the full article on www.glassmagazine.com
Image: Glass Magazine
Planet Solar Boat
"The world's largest solar powered boat will be placed in the water for
its first trip on March 31st. The Planet Solar boat measures 100
feet long and 50 feet wide and is covered in
5,300 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels. The ship was built at the HDW Shipyard in Germany
and will embark on a trip around the world in 2011 covering over 25,000 miles. Inside the boat has room
for fifty passengers who will be propelled from atop the catamaran base."Click the image to read the full article on www.designboom.com
Image: Planet Solar
Superinsulator Mystery Solved
Back in 2008, a group of scientists from Argonne National
Labs and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology discovered superinsulation
properties in films of titanium nitride. These materials lose all electrical
conduction near absolute temperature, somewhat like the opposite of superconductors.
At very low temperatures films of
titatium nitride suddenly showed resistance 100,000 times normal.
phenomena is explained, as in superconductors, by electron pairs being
formed and moving together collectively showing little resistance in the superinsulator. The Cooper pairs repel each other causing no conduction. The theory of the superinsulators was
reported by Valerli Vinokur, Tatyana Baturina and Nikolai Chtchelkatchev in Physical
Review Letts. Dec 2009. The
importance of such a finding is that it could be possible to make a battery
storage system with no leakage currents which all batteries have now. Other
films will be studied for superinsulation properties.
Click the image to read the full article on www.anl.gov
Image: Argonne National Laboratory
BPIV Organic Photovoltaics Cells Moving Forward
Solarmer of El
Monte, CA is working with the University of California Los Angeles, researcher Prof. Yang Yang to develop
colored polymer photovoltaics. Also, a new collaboration with NREL will look at
increasing the cell lifetime. The colors could be integrated into building
skins or in decorative panels. This could lead to PV fabric materials.
Solarmer has a NREL certified 7.9% conversion efficiency cell. Solarmer has
teamed with Joel Berman Glass Studios (Vancouver, BC) to make semitransparent
Also, Konarka (Lowell, MA) is selling their Power
Plastic® organic PV cells in a flexible sheet form. A new application is for
transit roof shelters in San Francisco. The PV roofs will power signage and
WiFi routers. In the 2008
Nanomarket Report it is estimated that the portable PV power market alone would
be $80 million by 2015.
Click here to read more about the UCLA Partnership
Click here to read more about the NREL Partnership
Click here for Information on Konarka Bus Shelters
Image: San Francisco Bus Transit with Konarka Power Plastic® - photo by Ryan Hughes, Lundberg Design
Graphene Films Clear Major Fabrication Hurdle
From Science Daily, April 12, 2010
by: Science Daily Staff from materials provided by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
the two-dimensional crystalline form of carbon, is a potential superstar for
the electronics industry. With freakishly mobile electrons that can blaze
through the material at nearly the speed of light -- 100 times faster than
electrons can move through silicon -- graphene could be used to make superfast
transistors or computer memory chips.
unique "chicken wire" atomic structure exhibits incredible
flexibility and mechanical strength, as well as unusual optical properties that
could open a number of promising doors in both the electronics and the
photonics industries. However, among the hurdles preventing graphite from
joining the pantheon of star high-tech materials, perhaps none looms larger
than just learning to make the stuff in high quality and usable quantities.
we can fully utilize the superior electronic properties of graphene in devices,
we must first develop a method of forming uniform single-layer graphene films
on nonconducting substrates on a large scale," says Yuegang Zhang, a
materials scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley
Lab). Current fabrication methods based on mechanical cleavage or ultrahigh
vacuum annealing, he says, are ill-suited for commercial-scale production.
Graphene films made via solution-based deposition and chemical reduction have
suffered from poor or uneven quality."
Click here to read the entire article on www.sciencedaily.com
Sanyo Announces World's Most Efficient Solar Module
By Lin Edwards, PhysOrg.com, June 16, 2010
"Sanyo has announced its development of
the world's most energy efficient solar module, the HIT-N230. The module was
unveiled at a press conference run by Sanyo Electric's Solar Division.
Sanyo is a major manufacturer of solar panels, with three factories in Japan, one in Hungary serving
Europe, and a fifth in Mexico that serves
the US market. The N series of modules are produced in Japan and consist of
solar cells of the Hetero-junction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) type.
HIT solar cells contain a single thin
crystalline wafer of silicon surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous layers of
silicon. They are characterized by high efficiency at high
temperatures, and increased output power even during high summertime
temperatures. The high conversion efficiency of HIT cells means more capacity
can be installed compared to conventional crystalline silicon
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