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Thin Films: A Step Closer to Solar-Cell Windows

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Thin films crop up all over the place in our daily lives. They appear as the antireflection coatings on our glasses, on CDs and DVDs, on magnetic tapes and in lasers. Life wouldn’t be the same without them. Continue reading “Thin Films: A Step Closer to Solar-Cell Windows” »

‘Spectacles’ Achieve Record Solar Panel Output for Startup

Posted on June 14th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Insolight Optical Array

Image by EPFL/Alain Herzog [crop of original] via EPFL

When it comes to photovoltaic cells – converting sunlight into electricity – size does matter. But by thinking functionally, a recent startup out of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) proves double the output is even achievable with smaller surface areas. Continue reading “‘Spectacles’ Achieve Record Solar Panel Output for Startup” »

Think Higher for Viable Solar: Geosynchronous

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

space-based solar

By ExplainingTheFuture [Content on YouTube], via YouTube

As good stewards to our environment, we owe it to current and future generations to minimize our impact on the planet supporting all life. Has our choice of a terrestrial platform for solar power generation however, doomed us to inevitable failure of a nonviable approach? Continue reading “Think Higher for Viable Solar: Geosynchronous” »

Energy Conservation Part 2 – Politics

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Politics can be a touchy subject that means different things to different people in different positions. For example, politics at a large sewage district can literally mean interaction with elected officials and their representatives Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 2 – Politics” »

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