Energy Focus Inc. delivered a 42.8 efficiency solar cell as part of the Very High Efficiency Solar Cell consortium (VHESC). The company contributed this development as part of the federal government's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. The highly efficient VHESC solar cell uses a novel lateral optical concentrating system that splits sunlight into three different energy bins in order to optimize absorption and conversion. The stationary VHESC optical system is capable of absorbing large amounts of light without using a complicated tracking device.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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