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Fonon Announces Growth Strategy
LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 3, 2016 — Material processing developer Fonon Corp. has announced its market growth strategy through the targeting of three growth markets The company has announced its focus on the 3D additive manufacturing and metal printing systems field which is expected to reach a value of $8.43 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 14.37 percent; the laser-based materials processing market, which is expected to reach $135 billon by 2020; and the laser-based materials processing market, which is

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Photobioelectrochemical Cells Converted for Solar Collection
JERUSALEM, Jan. 26, 2016 — A fabrication method based on natural photosynthetic reactions could enable the conjugation of photobioelectrochemical cells to photobioelectrocatalytic solar cells. The design of photobioelectrochemical cells based on native photosynthetic...
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Efficiency Record Set for Tandem Solar Cells
GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 7, 2016 — A dual-junction semiconductor solar cell has overcome a theoretical limit to take a world record for efficiency — 29.8 percent. The device consists of a GaInP top cell developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a...

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North Wales Photonics Launchpad Competition to Fund R&D Projects
SWINDON, England, Dec. 30, 2015 — Innovate UK, the Welsh government and the Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum are providing £500,000 (about $740,000) to fund R&D projects by businesses focused on light technologies in the St. Asaph area of North Wales. The North Wales...
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Spectroscopic Probe Monitors Photoconversion Process
GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 10, 2015 — A measurement probe could lead to improvements in how photoelectrodes are designed, making them more efficient and stable. Photoelectrochemical cells can be used to convert solar energy into transportable chemical fuels. The photoconversion...

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Global Solar Council Launched At Paris Climate Talks
PARIS, Dec. 9, 2015 — The Global Solar Council has been launched at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) with the goal of making photovoltaics the world's largest source of electricity generation. "Today, the solar power sector has united to...
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Heliatek Wins Renewable Energy Design Award for PV Film
LONDON, Dec. 1, 2015 — Heliatek GmbH, a developer of photovoltaic thin films, received the 2015 Renewable Energy Design Award at the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards. "We are delighted to receive this Elektra award,” said Thibaud Le Séguillon,...

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Process Minimizes Contact Reflectance in Solar Cells
STANFORD, Calif., Nov. 30, 2015 — Electrical contacts take up 5 to 10 percent of the surface of conventional solar cells, reflecting sunlight and hampering power generation. A simple chemical reaction can cause those contacts to recede while exposing more of a cell's...
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Superacid Erases Thin Film Defects, Boosting Luminescence
BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 26, 2015 — An organic superacid can smooth out defects in monolayer semiconductors, potentially making them more viable for applications such as transparent LED displays, ultrahigh-efficiency solar cells and photodetectors. The chemical treatment method...

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Kirigami Helps Solar Cells Track the Sun
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 18, 2015 — Kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, could help create flexible solar cells that track the sun to generate more electricity than stationary panels. With help from an art professor, researchers at the University of Michigan recently...
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Laser Method Would Heat Fusion Materials Faster
LONDON, Nov. 16, 2016 — Directly targeting ions with lasers could heat certain materials to 1 KeV — equivalent to more than 10 million °F — in 20 fs, or 100 times faster than previously demonstrated. The method, proposed by researchers from Imperial...

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Sir Richard Friend Awarded for Plastic Electronics Contributions
WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 12, 2015 — Sir Richard H. Friend is the recipient of the 2015 Von Hippel Award for his pioneering research on polymeric semiconducting materials, which has helped drive advances in LED and solar cell technology. In the 1980s, Friend initiated a research...
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'Invisible' Graphene Layer Protects Nanowires from Radiation Damage
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 10, 2015 — Wrapping silver nanowires in a one-atom-thick layer of graphene protects the structures from radiation damage that has historically prevented their use on a commercial scale. "The damage occurs in medical imaging, in space applications and just...

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Solar Cell Efficiency Reaches 19.1% in Collaboration between Hanwha, 1366
SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 10, 2015 — Hanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. and 1366 Technologies Inc. have achieved solar cell efficiency of 19.1 percent under a fabrication partnership that began in March. Hanwha Q Cells' cell architecture, called Q.ANTUM, is based on rear-side passivation. ...
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MPrime Signs Solar Equipment Distribution Agreement with Gintech
OLIVEIRA DE FRADES, Portugal, Nov. 3, 2015 — MPrime Solar SA, a photovoltaic equipment distribution branch of Martifer Solar, has signed a distribution agreement with Gintech Energy Corp. of Taiwan for its solar modules in France, Portugal and Italy. "Our cooperation with Gintech started...

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ASE Optics Europe to Design Metrology System for Nuclear Fusion Experiment
BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 3, 2015 — ASE Optics Europe has secured a subcontract for the design upgrade of metrology equipment to be used in an international nuclear fusion project. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is under construction in southern France....
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SAS Places Order for InnoLas Solar Cell Processing Machines
WUJIE, Taiwan, Nov. 2, 2015 — Solar cell manufacturer Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. (SAS) has placed an order with InnoLas Solutions GmbH for five ILS-TT high-throughput laser machines for processing passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) technology. InnoLas first supplied...

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Spectroscopy Elucidates Solar Singlet Fission
CAMBRIDGE, England, Oct. 28, 2015 — Better understanding of singlet fission, an electrical process triggered by light in some materials, could enable solar cells twice as efficient as those used today. An international team led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, used...
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Cloaking Principle Could Boost Solar Cell Performance
KARLSRUHE, Germany, Oct. 6, 2015 — Invisibility cloaking may be a long way from reality, but the principle could help improve the performance of solar cells in the near term. In a series of simulations, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have demonstrated how...

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Resolve Fills Major Order for Nuclear-Inspection Optics
CHESHAM, England, Oct. 2, 2015 — Resolve Optics Ltd. has received its single largest order to date for nonbrowning zoom lenses from nuclear inspection specialist Visatec GmbH of Sulzburg, Germany. Visatec plans to use the lenses in its high-radiation-resistant pan-tilt-zoom tube...
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'Rectenna' Works at Optical Frequencies
ATLANTA, Sept. 28, 2015 — Made from a forest of modified carbon nanotubes, a "rectenna" has been used for the first time to convert visible light directly into electricity. The device combines the signal-capturing properties of an antenna with those of a rectifier, which...

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'Nanosprings' Show Promise for Self-Powered Devices
ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 11, 2015 — Self-powered nanosystems like environmental and structural integrity sensors could be enabled by coiled semiconductor nanowires that absorb light. Computational simulations by researchers at Bilkent University show that twisting straight nanowires...
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World Economic Forum Names Heliatek ‘Technology Pioneer’
DRESDEN, Germany, Aug. 6, 2015 — The World Economic Forum has listed Heliatek GmbH, a photovoltaic solar film manufacturer, as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ in its annual list of the world’s most innovative companies. 49 companies were selected among hundreds of...

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Merck, Nano-C Launch Fullerene Derivatives for Photovoltaics
DARMSTADT, Germany, Aug. 5, 2015 — Merck KGaA and Westwood, Mass.-based Nano-C Inc. have announced the development and launch of fullerene derivatives for the organic photovoltaics (OPV) field. The new chemistries improve lifetime and thermal stability while increasing open circuit...
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MoS2 Films Made at Room Temperature in New Process
SOUTHAMPTON, England, July 13, 2015 — A new chemical vapor deposition process allows fabrication of wafer-scale films of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which until now has been commercially available only in microscale flakes. The advance could pave the way for the large-scale...






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