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Industry embraces 48V supply in the aim of bringing down emissions November 27, 2014 Industry embraces 48V supply in the aim of bringing down emissions At the recent 48V Hybrid electric vehicle conference in Düsseldorf (Germany), two comprehensions prevailed: The 48V supply is essential to reach the next CO2 and NOx reduction targets in a cost-effective way - and a global standard to establish this technology would be at least helpful. Read more New class of layered materials drive PV innovations November 27, 2014 New class of layered materials drive PV innovations Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated a substance from two different atomic sheets of a layer of graphene and a layer of tungsten disulfide which could be used in solar cells, LEDs and flexible electronics. Read more How does a Blu-ray disc improve solar cell performance? November 26, 2014 How does a Blu-ray disc improve solar cell performance? An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern Univeristy has discovered that the pattern of information written on a Blu-ray disc — and it does not matter what data is stored on the disc — improves light absorption across the solar spectrum. Read more Global photovoltaic module installed capacity to treble by 2020 November 26, 2014 Global photovoltaic module installed capacity to treble by 2020 The global cumulative installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules will more than treble from 135.66 GW in 2013 to 413.98 GW by 2020, according to research and consulting company GlobalData. Read more Packing extra charges for those long travels November 24, 2014 Packing extra charges for those long travels With less than a day to go on crowdsourcing website IndieGogo, the Bluesmart carry-on suitcase certainly got some attention from high flyers, bringing nearly twenty-five times over the original sum sought for initial product launch (USD 1,224,994 at the time of writing versus a USD 50,000 goal) Read more NXP acquires Quintic's Wearable and BTLE IC business November 24, 2014 NXP acquires Quintic's Wearable and BTLE IC business NXP Semiconductors N.V. has entered into a definitive agreement with Quintic to acquire assets and IP related to the company's Wearable and Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) IC business. Read more BMW and Tesla look at car battery alliance November 24, 2014 BMW and Tesla look at car battery alliance Germany's BMW is holding talks with electric carmaker Tesla Motors relating to a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components accoring to Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk. Read more Polarizing filter reduces energy drain from smartphone displays November 21, 2014 Polarizing filter reduces energy drain from smartphone displays A polarizing filter has been developed by University of Utah engineers which allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light. Read more EnOcean eyes the consumer market November 20, 2014 EnOcean eyes the consumer market From its inception in 2001 as spin-off from Siemens AG, EnOcean's main focus has been to market and sell its energy-harvesting switches and sensor solutions to OEMs active in the building-automation and industrial sectors, where maintenance costs and energy savings can be cumulated on a grand scale. ... Read more Can Fool's gold reduce the cost of solar cells? November 20, 2014 Can Fool's gold reduce the cost of solar cells? A research team from University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered that iron pyrite - a compound that makes a mineral commonly known as fool's gold - could prove a promising material for producing inexpensive yet efficient solar cells. Read more
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