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Swiss consortium to set up pilot line for heterojunction solar cells February 19, 2014 Swiss consortium to set up pilot line for heterojunction solar cells The Meyer Burger Group and CSEM, with support from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and of the Canton of Neuchâtel, are joining forces under the Swiss-Inno HJT project, aimed at delivering key heterojunction silicon technology for efficient photovoltaic applications. Read more Wireless charging shift ahead February 19, 2014 Wireless charging shift ahead At least four different approaches to wireless charging are vying to power billions of next-generation mobile devices. Today only one has a beachhead in about a million systems: the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi inductive charging technology. Read more Body motion drives implantable energy harvester February 18, 2014 Body motion drives implantable energy harvester Researchers from A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Singapore, have demonstrated a new MEMS-based energy harvesting concept that could harness low frequency vibrations across a wide naturally occurring of 0.1 to 100Hz to power miniature electronic devices. Read more World’s most compact high-speed electro-optic modulator saves energy February 18, 2014 World’s most compact high-speed electro-optic modulator saves energy Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed an electro-optical converter of 29 µm in length, which converts signals at a rate of about 40 Gbps and is claimed to be the world’s most compact high-speed phase modulator. Read more Pomegranate inspires silicon anode breakthrough for lithium-ion batteries February 17, 2014 Pomegranate inspires silicon anode breakthrough for lithium-ion batteries The humble pomegranate has proved to be an inspiration for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries according to researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Read more 633-nm red laser diode offers energy saving benefits February 17, 2014 633-nm red laser diode offers energy saving benefits The Optoelectronics Company has launched a red laser diode that delivers 100 mW single-transverse-mode optical output power at 633 nm in the visible wavelength band and offer system designers an alternative to large, expensive and wasteful He-Ne gas lasers. Read more World’s most powerful terahertz laser chip February 17, 2014 World’s most powerful terahertz laser chip University of Leeds researchers claim to have built world’s most powerful terahertz laser chip. The device is capable of exceeding a 1 Watt output power from a quantum cascade terahertz laser. Read more 3D textile delivers powerful piezoelectric energy harvesting benefits February 14, 2014 3D textile delivers powerful piezoelectric energy harvesting benefits 3D textile structures using piezoelectric energy harvesting fibers have been developed by researchers at the University of Bolton which could lead to energy harnessing carpets or mobile devices, like phones and tablets, being charged on the move. Read more Android smartphones double battery life with audio tunneling February 14, 2014 Android smartphones double battery life with audio tunneling Android 4.4 KitKat adds platform support for audio tunneling to a digital signal processor (DSP) in the device chipset, which means the audio decoding and output effects are off-loaded to the DSP. Read more Digital power controller aims to accelerate street-light conversions February 13, 2014 Digital power controller aims to accelerate street-light conversions STMicroelectronics has introduced a configurable solution to develop and efficiently control a dimmable, high-brightness LED string (up to 100W) for street-lighting applications. Read more
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