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Swiss made solar powered aircraft to go back home

The already known Swiss-made high tech aircraft has landed in the Maroccan capital. With its wingspan of a jumbo jet the aircraft weights no more than a medium sized car. The solar powered aircraft is fitted with 12,000 solar cells that feed four electric motors driving propellers. On June 22 the aircraft made a journey […]

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Street lamp with LED lights and solar panels for the Olympics 2012

Street lamp has a futuristic design and is dubbed as solar tree being crafted by Ross Lovegrove.  The urban design will totally transform the look of the future streets and cities. Solar panels as well as LED lights have been outfitted together in it. The street lamp can illuminate for three days nonstop using only […]

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New type of photovoltaic device harnesses heat radiation that most solar cells ignore

About 40 percent of the solar energy reaching Earth’s surface lies in the near-infrared region of the spectrum — energy that conventional silicon-based solar cells are unable to harness.

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Magnetic field sensor from Plastic paint developed by University of Utah

Physicists at University of Utah developed an inexpensive, highly accurate magnetic field sensor. This new magnetic field sensor, good for scientific or consumer uses is based on “spinotronic” organic thin film semiconductor which basically is a plastic paint resistent at heat and degradation. This plastic paint is only about 5 by 5 mm (one fifth […]

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Underwater solar cells to harvest renewable energy

A team from US Naval Research Laboratory leaded by Philip Jenkins recently demonstrated a method for harvesting solar power underwater at depths of 30 feet. Due to this source of renewable energy underwater, long term installations of autonomous systems will have enough power to work properly. As Jenkins says, this technology is meant to be […]

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A solar sandwich to power future buildings

All in one: A new electricity generating building component is being developed at EPFL

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Underwater solar energy

  Underwater autonomous systems and sensor platforms are severely limited by the lack of long endurance power sources. To date, these systems must rely on on-shore power, batteries or solar power supplied by an above water platform. Attempts to use photovoltaics have had limited success, primarily due to the lack of penetrating sunlight and the […]

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Development of Nonvolatile White Light-Emitting Liquid

A research team headed by Dr. Takashi Nakanishi, a Principal Researcher of the Organic Materials Group of the NIMS Polymer Materials Unit, developed a nonvolatile liquid material which emits white light at room temperature.

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Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio for third-Generation Apple iPad

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) from EPFL enter the public market. Logitech chose this technology to power its new flagship product.

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Engineered oasis for solar desalination and arid land agriculture

An agricultural facility aimed at the environmentally sustainable production of crops in arid environments was built and tested at the Yair agricultural research station in Hatzeva, Israel.

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