A new solar facility in Melbourne, Australia allows solar
energy collection from a wider color spectrum than solar cell currently in use,
according to Suntech Power Holdings and Swinburne University of Technology,
partners in a recently launched solar facility.
The Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility is a
collaborative venture between Suntech and Swinburne University to provide a
platform to commercialize nanoplasmonic solar cell technology (Nanoplas). "This
new Nanoplas technology will allow for the efficient collection of solar energy
from a wider color spectrum than cells currently being developed in other
laboratories," says Min Gu, director of the Swinburne Centre for
Micro-Photonics. "This could make solar cells twice as efficient as the current
generation of cells, which would also make them significantly less costly to
produce and therefore to use."
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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