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Graphene ribbons deliver 'exceptional' electrical conductivity benefits February 07, 2014 Graphene ribbons deliver 'exceptional' electrical conductivity benefits An international research team claim to have produced graphene ribbons in which electrons move freely. Charge mobility in the advanced materials exceeded one million cm2/V.s which makes their electron mobility 1000 times greater than that of the silicon semiconductors. Read more Opinion: Powering wearable devices - watch out for safety first February 07, 2014 Opinion: Powering wearable devices - watch out for safety first Finding an elegant yet safe way of powering wearable devices such as smart watches for extended periods of time has become one of the technology battlegrounds for the big players in the consumer electronics sector like Apple and Samsung. Read more Hydrogen battery aims to replace lithium in battery-powered devices February 07, 2014 Hydrogen battery aims to replace lithium in battery-powered devices Researchers at Melbourne's RMIT University have developed a novel concept battery that advances the potential for hydrogen to replace lithium as an energy source in battery-powered devices. Read more Siva Power nears 19 percent efficiency for CIGS solar panel February 06, 2014 Siva Power nears 19 percent efficiency for CIGS solar panel Siva Power (formerly Solexant) has achieved near record efficiency – approaching 19 percent – with the company's CIGS thin film solar panel technology. The company claims to have attained the efficiency of 18.8 percent in a record time of 10 months. Read more Is the battery you sell or specify, a potential safety hazard? February 06, 2014 Is the battery you sell or specify, a potential safety hazard? Test house TÜV SÜD Product Service has introduced a European battery safety testing service, in France and the UK, that will enable manufacturers, importers and retailers demonstrate that their batteries meet quality, performance and safety requirements. Read more Atom scale simulation offers nanoscale film growth benefits February 06, 2014  Atom scale simulation offers nanoscale film growth benefits Researchers at Tyndall National Institute, Ireland, are claiming to have produced the first atom-by-atom simulation of nanoscale film growth by atomic layer deposition (ALD) which opens the way to new ALD processing of materials for solar cells and LED lighting. Read more Wireless charging SDK supports Rezence standard February 05, 2014 Wireless charging SDK supports Rezence standard At the upcoming Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, European distributor Rutronik plans to spotlight Nordic Semiconductor's S120 8-link central protocol stack and the nRF51 Wireless Charging SDK for wireless charging applications based on the Rezence standard. Read more Can gum reduce lithium ion battery fire hazard? February 05, 2014  Can gum reduce lithium ion battery fire hazard? Researchers at Washington State University have developed a chewing gum-like battery material that is claimed could reduce the fire hazard potential of lithium ion batteries. Read more Smart-Light control system cuts lighting energy usage by 80 percent February 05, 2014 Smart-Light control system cuts lighting energy usage by 80 percent A cost-effective, easy-to-install lighting control system has been unveiled by Xeleum Lighting which claims to reduce lighting energy usage by 80% or more compared with conventional lighting systems that do not utilize LEDs, daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing. Read more Self-programming wireless lighting controls offer major power savings February 05, 2014 Self-programming wireless lighting controls offer major power savings Cree, Inc. is claiming the first self-programming wireless lighting-control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70 percent for half the cost of traditional lighting controls. Read more
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