Project for 65% Efficient Nanowire Solar Cells with 50 cents per Watt Cost

Ad Support : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software 1. Researchers have gotten a 1.2 million euro grant to develop nanowire solar cells with 65% efficiency. Nanowire solar cells in combination with the use of concentrated solar through mirror systems, has the potential to lead to the world’s most efficient solar cell system with a …

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THAI and Other Technology To Revolutionize Oil Recovery in the Oilsands

Petrobank Energy and Resources’ Toe to Heel Air Injection (THAI) process recently passed a significant hurdle, validating a technology its backers say will not only get out more oil, but also have a smaller environmental footprint. The mainstay technology now used for in-situ bitumen is Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage — or SAGD — which uses steam …

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China Considers High Speed Rail Line Connections to Europe

Ads : Nano Technology   Netbook    Technology News    Computer Software EU Observer – China is exploring the possibility of extending its high-speed train network as far as Europe, potentially cutting rail travel time between London and Beijing to as little as two days. Officials hope to see the project completed over the next ten years, enabling passengers …

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A Critique of the Canadian Think Tank Report That Claims There Will be No Nuclear Energy Revival Before 2030

Centre for International Governance Innovation – The Future of Nuclear Energy to 2030 and its Implications for Safety, Security and Nonproliferation [40 page pdf] The purpose of this project was three-fold: • to investigate the likely size, shape and nature of the purported nuclear energy revival to 2030 – not to make a judgement on …

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Carnival of Space 139

The Carnival of Space 139 is up at mamajoules This site provided an article on the Valkyrie antimatter propulsion spaceship design which was used in Avatar. The article also had a video tutorial on antimatter and a NASA paper on scaling up antimatter production. This site also supplied the article on What would it take …

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Redesign Electronics for Printed Electronics

Printed Electronics World: The first cars looked like horse drawn carriages – suboptimal and using the design rules of the past. So it is with most printed electronics today. The irony of the integrated circuit – the silicon chip – is that it integrates so little. It cannot incorporate a loudspeaker, microphone, push button or …

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Shattering Traditional Notions of Laser Limits With A Working Plasmonic Laser

Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation-funded professor, Dr. Xiang Zhang has demonstrated at the University of California, Berkeley the world’s smallest semiconductor laser, which may have applications to the Air Force in communications, computing and bio-hazard detection. The semiconductor, called a plasmon, can focus light the size of a single protein …

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Micropillars With Quantum Dots for Firing Single Targeted Photons

Tiny towers, a hundred times thinner than a human hair, with special properties: such nanostructures are produced by the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Würzburg. (Image: Monika Emmerling / Adriana Wolf) [from Nanowerk] What is special about the Würzburg quantum dot towers is that “with them it is possible to ‘fire off’ …

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Second Day of the Space Elevator Beaming Contest

No new successful runs in day 2. Day 2 has been completed. We have lasermotive as the only team with successful prize level 1 runs in the 2 meter/second to 5 meter/second range. They had day one speed of 3.73 meters/second. Thu, Nov 05 20096:43:48 AM PST:Good morning. First up today: USST. That will complete …

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Rive Technology Working to Increase Oil Refining Efficiency 7-9% by 2011

Holey catalyst: Rive Technology is designing a zeolite catalyst with pores larger than those found in conventional zeolites, which are widely used in petroleum and petrochemical production. The larger pores allow the catalysts to handle a wide range of compounds. Credit: Rive Technology Rive Technology will help refiners increase production of transportation fuels and process …

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Small and Expensive Versus Big and Possibly Infrequent Space Launch

Hobby space and and Transterrestrial (Rand Simberg) are indicating that A. because the current market for space payloads is small then no big dumb rockets should be built. B. Some commenters say we can just leverage in space resources (ISRU – in space resource utilization) and make do with small payloads. C. Another commenter said, …

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