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New material could be used in novel energy harvesting systems

New material could be used in novel energy harvesting systems

Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 28, 2011
Sun-believable solar paint

Sun-believable solar paint

Imagine if the next coat of paint you put on the outside of your home generates electricity from light—electricity that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 27, 2011
Waste heat research

Waste heat research

The University of Wollongong team along with researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have created large marble-size pellets of thermoelectric nanomaterials.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 23, 2011
Harvesting energy from farming

Harvesting energy from farming

Industrial designer Benjamin Wright has created a concept Piezoelectric Energy Harvester using emerging materials. He wanted to use a new material, piezoelectric rubber, to incentivize wheat production in Afghanistan.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 22, 2011
Holistic approach to energy harvesting

Holistic approach to energy harvesting

The Holistic project joins up three different research fields, including energy harvesting and MEMS processing methods, low-power embedded computing systems, and electronic design automation.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 21, 2011
Wind and solar powered UAV wins award

Wind and solar powered UAV wins award

The engineering student received the accolade for his work on the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that would be powered by the sun and wind.
External Company Press Release
Imec, Polyera and Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar

Imec, Polyera and Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar

Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack.
External Company Press Release
EnOcean receives Elektra 2011 Product Innovation award

EnOcean receives Elektra 2011 Product Innovation award

Cross-industry poll delivers landslide victory for ECT 310, EnOcean's advanced thermal energy harvesting module enabling greener buildings, factories and homes.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 20, 2011
Scientists report solar breakthrough

Scientists report solar breakthrough

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar spectrum.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 16, 2011
Progress with energy harvesting contact lens displays

Progress with energy harvesting contact lens displays

Researchers at the University of Washington are working on the design, construction and in vivo rabbit testing of a wirelessly powered contact lens display.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 14, 2011
SunPower is official supplier to Solar Impulse Project

SunPower is official supplier to Solar Impulse Project

SunPower Corp has announced that the company is providing solar cells to the Solar Impulse project.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 13, 2011
Urine a viable fuel for microbial fuel cells

Urine a viable fuel for microbial fuel cells

Scientists at University of West England have published the world's first research paper on work that tested the viability of urine as a potential fuel for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) in order to directly produce electricity.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 12, 2011
Bubbles help break energy storage record

Bubbles help break energy storage record

Foam-based graphene keeps oxygen flowing in battery that holds promise for electric vehicles.
External Company Press Release
MEMS energy harvester for shock-induced energy harvesting in car tires

MEMS energy harvester for shock-induced energy harvesting in car tires

Imec and Holst Centre have announced that they have made a micromachined harvester for vibration energy with a record output power of 489µW.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 9, 2011
Zhong Lin Wang receives recognition for innovative technology

Zhong Lin Wang receives recognition for innovative technology

Wang, a physicist who joined Georgia Tech in 1995, has almost single handedly launched a new field of research that takes advantage of the unique properties of zinc oxide nanostructures.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 8, 2011
Giant piezoelectric effect to improve energy harvesting devices

Giant piezoelectric effect to improve energy harvesting devices

Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Institute at Penn State are part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from universities and national laboratories across the U.S. who have fabricated piezoelectric thin films with record-setting properties.
External Company Press Release
Heliatek achieves new world record for organic solar cells

Heliatek achieves new world record for organic solar cells

Heliatek GmbH has once again set a new world record for organic solar cells after Fraunhofer ISE CalLab certified a cell efficiency of 9.8 % for a 1.1 cm² tandem cell manufactured with a low temperature deposition process.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 6, 2011
Soldier power regeneration kit

Soldier power regeneration kit

SPaRK is a biomechanical energy harvester, a device that is attached to a Soldier's boots to harvest energy, while the Soldier is walking, that can be used to power batteries.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 5, 2011
Windscraper harvests wind to power skyscraper

Windscraper harvests wind to power skyscraper

The windscraper is equipped with an additional layer of wind energy harvesting technology that transforms wind energy into electrical energy using a wind-farm façade that is equipped with power-rod extensions and wind catchers resembling artificial leaves.
External Company Press Release
Kaneka, imec develop high-efficiency heterojunction silicon solar cell

Kaneka, imec develop high-efficiency heterojunction silicon solar cell

Kaneka and imec present silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 28, 2011
Sun-believable solar paint

Sun-believable solar paint

Imagine if the next coat of paint you put on the outside of your home generates electricity from light—electricity that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 23, 2011
Harvesting energy from farming

Harvesting energy from farming

Industrial designer Benjamin Wright has created a concept Piezoelectric Energy Harvester using emerging materials. He wanted to use a new material, piezoelectric rubber, to incentivize wheat production in Afghanistan.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 21, 2011
Wind and solar powered UAV wins award

Wind and solar powered UAV wins award

The engineering student received the accolade for his work on the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that would be powered by the sun and wind.
External Company Press Release
EnOcean receives Elektra 2011 Product Innovation award

EnOcean receives Elektra 2011 Product Innovation award

Cross-industry poll delivers landslide victory for ECT 310, EnOcean's advanced thermal energy harvesting module enabling greener buildings, factories and homes.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 16, 2011
Progress with energy harvesting contact lens displays

Progress with energy harvesting contact lens displays

Researchers at the University of Washington are working on the design, construction and in vivo rabbit testing of a wirelessly powered contact lens display.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 13, 2011
Urine a viable fuel for microbial fuel cells

Urine a viable fuel for microbial fuel cells

Scientists at University of West England have published the world's first research paper on work that tested the viability of urine as a potential fuel for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) in order to directly produce electricity.
External Company Press Release
MEMS energy harvester for shock-induced energy harvesting in car tires

MEMS energy harvester for shock-induced energy harvesting in car tires

Imec and Holst Centre have announced that they have made a micromachined harvester for vibration energy with a record output power of 489µW.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 8, 2011
Giant piezoelectric effect to improve energy harvesting devices

Giant piezoelectric effect to improve energy harvesting devices

Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Institute at Penn State are part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from universities and national laboratories across the U.S. who have fabricated piezoelectric thin films with record-setting properties.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 6, 2011
Soldier power regeneration kit

Soldier power regeneration kit

SPaRK is a biomechanical energy harvester, a device that is attached to a Soldier's boots to harvest energy, while the Soldier is walking, that can be used to power batteries.
External Company Press Release
Kaneka, imec develop high-efficiency heterojunction silicon solar cell

Kaneka, imec develop high-efficiency heterojunction silicon solar cell

Kaneka and imec present silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 27, 2011
Waste heat research

Waste heat research

The University of Wollongong team along with researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have created large marble-size pellets of thermoelectric nanomaterials.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 22, 2011
Holistic approach to energy harvesting

Holistic approach to energy harvesting

The Holistic project joins up three different research fields, including energy harvesting and MEMS processing methods, low-power embedded computing systems, and electronic design automation.
External Company Press Release
Imec, Polyera and Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar

Imec, Polyera and Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar

Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 20, 2011
Scientists report solar breakthrough

Scientists report solar breakthrough

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar spectrum.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 14, 2011
SunPower is official supplier to Solar Impulse Project

SunPower is official supplier to Solar Impulse Project

SunPower Corp has announced that the company is providing solar cells to the Solar Impulse project.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 12, 2011
Bubbles help break energy storage record

Bubbles help break energy storage record

Foam-based graphene keeps oxygen flowing in battery that holds promise for electric vehicles.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 9, 2011
Zhong Lin Wang receives recognition for innovative technology

Zhong Lin Wang receives recognition for innovative technology

Wang, a physicist who joined Georgia Tech in 1995, has almost single handedly launched a new field of research that takes advantage of the unique properties of zinc oxide nanostructures.
External Company Press Release
Heliatek achieves new world record for organic solar cells

Heliatek achieves new world record for organic solar cells

Heliatek GmbH has once again set a new world record for organic solar cells after Fraunhofer ISE CalLab certified a cell efficiency of 9.8 % for a 1.1 cm² tandem cell manufactured with a low temperature deposition process.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 5, 2011
Windscraper harvests wind to power skyscraper

Windscraper harvests wind to power skyscraper

The windscraper is equipped with an additional layer of wind energy harvesting technology that transforms wind energy into electrical energy using a wind-farm façade that is equipped with power-rod extensions and wind catchers resembling artificial leaves.
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