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Stretchable capacitive harvesting at 1 kW?

Stretchable capacitive harvesting at 1 kW?

May 29, 2015 Germany
Fraunhofer IZM in Germany is part of the MATFLEXEND project of the European Commission. Matflexend investigates new materials which enable capacitive-mechanical energy harvesting based on high-k dielectric composites and electrically conducting elastomers as variable capacitor electrodes
Fine-tuned molecular orientation is key to more efficient solar cells

Fine-tuned molecular orientation is key to more efficient solar cells

May 28, 2015 Japan
Using carefully designed materials and an "inverted" architecture, a team of scientists has achieved efficiency of 10 percent, bringing polymer solar cells close to the threshold of commercial viability.
Invention captures wasted cell phone energy, feeds it back to battery

Invention captures wasted cell phone energy, feeds it back to battery

May 27, 2015 United States
New technology makes cell phone batteries last up to 30 percent longer on a single charge.
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Pavegen kickstarts crowd funding round with flagship installation

Pavegen kickstarts crowd funding round with flagship installation

May 26, 2015 United Kingdom
Pavegen celebrate the launch of their first crowdfunding round on Crowdcube, the leading equity crowdfunding platform, spearheaded by an installation in the heart of the Canary Wharf District
Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%

May 26, 2015 Finland
Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells.
Swelling magnets to energise the world

Swelling magnets to energise the world

May 25, 2015 United States
A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered.
Energy-generating rubber combines flexibility and high-output

Energy-generating rubber combines flexibility and high-output

May 22, 2015 Japan
Ricoh has announced that it has created a novel flexible material "Energy-Generating Rubber" that converts pressure and vibration into electric energy with high efficiency.
HeliaFilm® on concrete façade

HeliaFilm® on concrete façade

May 22, 2015 Germany
Europe´s first solar concrete wall was inaugurated at RECKLI's headquarter in Herne, Germany. The façade, designed by RECKLI to fit the solar film from Heliatek (HeliaFilm®), represents a novel approach to BIOPV.
A new design of wind turbine

A new design of wind turbine

May 21, 2015 Spain
A new way of harvesting energy from the wind using wind turbines that have no blades.
Wearables may get boost from boron-infused graphene

Wearables may get boost from boron-infused graphene

May 20, 2015 United States
A microsupercapacitor may find its way into personal and even wearable electronics is getting an upgrade. The laser-induced graphene device benefits greatly when boron becomes part of the mix.
Moth's eye and lotus leaf inspire solar panel coating

Moth's eye and lotus leaf inspire solar panel coating

May 20, 2015 United States
A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels.
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