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posted in July 2012
3M & Gossamer Debut World's Largest LAT Solar Collector
News 
7/17/2012  16 comments
The world's largest aperture parabolic trough solar collector has an aperture size of 7.3m and a concentration factor of more than 100x.
Solar Cells Printed on Aluminum Foil Cost Less
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2012  17 comments
Nanosolar's thin-film solar technology, which prints metallic, nanoparticle inks on huge rolls of aluminum foil, promises to be more efficient and cost less than alternate thin-film methods.
Energy Storage Could Make Electric Trains More Efficient
News 
7/5/2012  30 comments
Utility companies have long known how to capture the braking energy from electric trains, but they've usually found it difficult to get any large-scale benefits from such projects -- until now.




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