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One billion Euro for graphene research project

Graphene, the world’s thinnest and most versatile material discovered by University of Manchester professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, has been selected as one of six possible projects for a 10-year, one billion Euro research initiative.

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Harnessing the Energy from Saltwater

A large source of renewable energy could be the saltwater. Is required energy to desalinate the water and then to sustain the reverse process of making energy.

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Nanocone-based solar cell with 80 percent conversion efficiency

With the creation of a 3-D nanocone-based solar cell platform, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jun Xu has boosted the light-to-power conversion efficiency of photovoltaics by nearly 80 percent.

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Solar highways to generate electrical power

The Solar Roadway is an intelligent road that provides clean renewable energy, while providing safer driving conditions, along with power and data delivery. The Solar Roadway will pay for itself through the generation of electricity along with other forms of revenue.

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Developing a high-performance low-cost green LEDs, the key to white LEDs

First discovered in the 1920s, LEDs – light-emitting diodes – are semiconductors that convert electricity into light.

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Cheaper Hydrogen Fuel Cells Soon Available

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles.

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Miniature Fuel Cells To Power Mobile Phones

Technology using catalysts which make hydrogen from formic acid could eventually replace lithium batteries and power a host of mobile devices.

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Trap Light – Converting Waste Energy Back Into Light

Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson created a new lamp that is completely powered by light energy absorbed from ambient sources. By utilising photoluminescent pigments to capture escaping light, Trap Light converts waste energy back into visible light.

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Smart Windows – Block Heat On Hot Days But Let In The Heat In Colder Weather

New materials science research could hasten the creation of “smart” windows that reflect heat from the sun on hot summer days but let in the heat in colder weather.

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Self-cooling effect in graphene at nanoscale

With the first observation of thermoelectric effects at graphene contacts, University of Illinois researchers found that graphene transistors have a nanoscale cooling effect that reduces their temperature.

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