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Is European solar panel manufacturing a greener option? June 02, 2014 Is European solar panel manufacturing a greener option? Solar panels made in Europe have a lower overall carbon footprint and are likely to use less energy during manufacturing compared with those made in China reports a study from Northwestern University and the Argonne National Laboratory. Read more Nanoscale structural changes pinpoint lithium-ion battery degradation May 30, 2014 Nanoscale structural changes pinpoint lithium-ion battery degradation Scientists from several U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories - Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven and SLAC - have collaborated to track the nanoscale structural changes that degrade lithium-ion battery performance during cycles of charge and discharge. Read more Global PV installations to pass record barrier in Q4 May 29, 2014 Global PV installations to pass record barrier in Q4 Global photovoltaic (PV) installations will reach 15 GW in the final quarter of 2014, beating the previous record of 12.7 GW in Q4’13 concludes an analysis from market intelligence company IHS. Read more Fire risk makes Panasonic recall laptop battery packs May 29, 2014 Fire risk makes Panasonic recall laptop battery packs More than 43,000 laptop battery packs have been recalled by Panasonic following three of the packs in Asia overheating and providing a fire. The company has also declared a separate recall in Europe as a safety precaution. Read more Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new efficiency record May 28, 2014 Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new efficiency record A team of researchers at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells - a type of solar cell that is promising because of the technology's low cost, versatility and light weight. Read more Can graphene make large scale electricity storage viable? May 28, 2014  Can graphene make large scale electricity storage viable? Researchers at University of Manchester's National Graphene Institute are exploring different ways to reduce the size and weight of batteries and extend their lifespan by adding graphene as a component material. Read more LED/PV technologies to benefit from energy transfer solution May 28, 2014 LED/PV technologies to benefit from energy transfer solution Scientists from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a hybrid energy transfer system that mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis and is applicable for light-emitting or photovoltaic devices. Read more Smartphone UI creates multi-purpose, self-powered data port May 27, 2014 Smartphone UI creates multi-purpose, self-powered data port NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced a Smartphone Quick-Jack Solution that simplifies connecting a variety of external devices to smartphones for self-powered data communications. Read more Superconductor discovery points to energy efficient power transmission May 27, 2014 Superconductor discovery points to energy efficient power transmission Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides which may be able to harness their energy efficient power transmission capabilities for a wide range of new technologies. Read more Arctic Sand appoints replacement CEO May 26, 2014 Arctic Sand appoints replacement CEO Arctic Sand Technologies Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.), a startup working on power conversion ICs, has appointed Gary Davison as CEO and president, replacing original CEO and co-founder Nadia Shalaby. Read more
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