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energyPerovskite and silicon tandem solar could beat silicon solar in some to many situations

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Researchers from EPFL’s Photovoltaics Laboratory and the CSEM PV-center have developed an economically competitive solution to silicon solar cells. They have integrated a perovskite cell directly on top of a standard silicon-based cell, obtaining a record efficiency of 25.2 percent. …

materialsNew Class of 2D Artificial Materials Created

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Researchers created a new class of two-dimensional artificial materials with ferroelectric-like properties at room temperature that don’t exist in nature yet can conduct electricity. Above – This image shows the positions of atoms in a ferroelectric-like metal that contains barium …

materialsInterview of Skylar Tibbits MIT Self-Assembly Lab at C2 Montreal #C2M18

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Skylar Tibbits is the founder & co-director of the the Self-Assembly research lab at MIT. They are inventing self-assembly and programmable material technologies. The Lab looks at making simpler materials only products without robotics but still creates robotic like effects. …

carbon nanotubesCheap, mass produced solvent can scalably make Carbon nanotube-based dough

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Northwestern University’s Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he’s doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners. By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered …

energySolid state caloric material could make fridges 30% more energy efficient by 2025

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Scientists at the research consortium CaloriCool® are closer than ever to the materials needed for a new type of refrigeration technology that is markedly more energy efficient than current gas compression systems. Currently, residential and commercial cooling consumes about one …

energyApple helping to get carbon free aluminum process scaled

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Aluminum has been mass produced the same way since 1886, when it was pioneered by Alcoa’s founder, Charles Hall. The process involves applying a strong electrical current to alumina, which removes oxygen. Both Hall’s original experiments and today’s largest smelters …

buildingsGraphene reinforced concrete is twice as strong and four times more water resistant

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Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant …

businessThe Price Of This Essential Mineral Could Skyrocket

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This might be the smartest mining opportunity in 2018. It’s not coal, oil, copper. Nor is it silver, gold or platinum. But one little-known miner called Vatic Ventures (TSXV:VCV.V) with a simple business strategy… is sitting on a potential find …

armyComposite metal foams provide armor protection for one third the weight and make super car bumpers

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Stainless steel composite metal foam can replace rolled homogeneous steel armor with the same protection for one-third of the weight. According to the material’s inventor the material would make a great bumper, as the sponginess of the metal foam soaks …

batteriesSila Nanotechnologies Silicon anodes will improve lithium ion batteries by up to 40%

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Sila Nanotechnologies has silicon-dominant anode products that drop into existing battery manufacturing processes, replace graphite entirely, and deliver significantly higher energy density at the cell-level with lower swelling. Sila Nanotechnologies emerged from stealth mode last month, partnering with BMW to …