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III-V solar cells on graphene break efficiency record March 25, 2014 III-V solar cells on graphene break efficiency record Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign claim to have achieved record levels of performance for seed-free and substrate-free arrays of nanowires from III-V materials directly on graphene. The development promises cost-saving benefits for solar cells or laser applications. Read more 40% transparent organic solar cells claim efficiency record March 24, 2014 40% transparent organic solar cells claim efficiency record Heliatek GmbH is claiming a new record in the efficiency of transparent solar cells.  The latest development allows transparency levels up to 40% with an efficiency of more than 7%. Read more Fast start controllers target smartphone chargers March 24, 2014 Fast start controllers target smartphone chargers CamSemi has released two 'fast start' Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to target low cost MoU-compliant, USB smartphone charger and other universal input applications typically rated at 8 W and 10 W respectively. Read more Solar spending gains momentum to reach USD3.8bn in 2014 March 24, 2014 Solar spending gains momentum to reach USD3.8bn in 2014 A new round of solar cell capital spending is set commence that will reach $3.8 billion by year-end following a capital expenditure bounce back for the photovoltaic (PV) industry in 2014 forecasts market intelligence analyst IHS Technology. Read more Slideshow: Focusing on power trends at APEC 2014 March 24, 2014 Slideshow: Focusing on power trends at APEC 2014 Last week's APEC 2014 conference and exhibition is a key event in the power management calendar where the major global players reveal their future plans and major product offerings. Here is a review of some of the more eye-catching developments. Read more 2-D semiconductor discovery promises solar cell application benefits March 24, 2014   2-D semiconductor discovery promises solar cell application benefits Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have discovered a two-dimensional semiconductor, rhenium disulfide, which could be useful in various applications ranging from solar cells to super-lubricants.  The compound also looks like being a viable material for valleytronics-based quantum ... Read more Topological insulators promise more energy efficient spintronic devices March 21, 2014  Topological insulators promise more energy efficient spintronic devices A team of international scientists has demonstrated a new method to control the surface electronic states of topological insulators (TIs) which points to their potential for use in energy efficient spintronic devices. Read more Collaboration deal focuses on vehicle battery cooling solutions March 21, 2014  Collaboration deal focuses on vehicle battery cooling solutions Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has signed a collaboration agreement with Johnson Controls to develop the next generation of more energy efficient, cost effective cooling systems for vehicle batteries. Read more FAA review addresses Boeing 787 Dreamliner safety fears March 20, 2014 FAA review addresses Boeing 787 Dreamliner safety fears The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ruled that Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft is soundly designed and safe to fly. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet was grounded for more than three months in 2013 after fires from overheated lithium-ion batteries. Read more Second life EV batteries to power data centers? March 19, 2014 Second life EV batteries to power data centers? Re-using batteries that once powered electric vehicles to store energy that can supply power Europe's data centers on demand at peak times is one of the initiatives proposed by the GreenDataNet project. Read more
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