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.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.