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University of Houston Spins-Off Nanotech Coatings Company

Colored water droplets on SCHN coated 100% cotton blue denim. (C-Voltaics)

A physics professor at University of Houston in Texas started a company to develop and manufacture protective coatings for industrial and consumer goods based on his research in nanotechnology. C-Voltaics, started by Houston physicist Seamus Curran, was awarded last week the Young Technology . . . → Read More: University of Houston Spins-Off Nanotech Coatings Company

Nanotech Window Coating Controls Building Light, Heat

Berkeley Lab team, L-R, Guillermo Garcia, Delia Milliron, and Anna Llordés (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory )

Chemists and materials scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California created a window coating of nanocrystals that can dynamically control the sunlight passing through the window and thus improve a building’s energy efficiency. The team led by . . . → Read More: Nanotech Window Coating Controls Building Light, Heat

Engineers Double Efficiency of Solar Film Cells

Semi-transparent solar cells, with doubled efficiency from earlier version (University of California, Los Angeles)

Engineers and materials scientists at University of California in Los Angeles improved the design of solar cells built in a thin semi-transparent film that nearly doubles their ability to generate power. A team from the lab of engineering professor Yang . . . → Read More: Engineers Double Efficiency of Solar Film Cells

Alternative Solar Cell Developer Adds $10M Venture Funding

Sharone Zehavi, Scifiniti CEO, holding a SmartWafer (Scifiniti)

Scifiniti, a developer of silicon-based solar materials in San Jose, California secured $10 million in series B venture financing, the second round of funding after initial start-up. Current investors Alloy Ventures, Firelake Capital, I2BF Global Ventures, and Peninsula Ventures took part in the round.

The company’s . . . → Read More: Alternative Solar Cell Developer Adds $10M Venture Funding

Power Company, Research Center Partner on Wind Forecasts

(National Renewable Energy Lab)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado and the electric utility Xcel Energy are collaborating on a new forecasting system to improve the company’s wind energy operations. Financial aspects of the two-year partnership, which continues an existing agreement between the organizations, were not disclosed.

NCAR is a federally . . . → Read More: Power Company, Research Center Partner on Wind Forecasts

New Type Battery Designed for Solar, Wind Grid Storage

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Engineers at Stanford University and Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory developed a lower-cost design for long term storage of wind and solar energy on the power grid. The team led by Yi Cui, a materials science and engineering professor at Stanford and part of a joint materials and energy science . . . → Read More: New Type Battery Designed for Solar, Wind Grid Storage

Solar Nanoscale Protein Filter Cleans Antibiotics from Water

David Wendell (University of Cincinnati)

Engineers at University of Cincinnati in Ohio developed a nanoscale filter powered by sunlight that can clean biochemical compounds, such as antibiotics, from lakes and rivers. Environmental engineering professor David Wendell and Ph.D. candidate Vikram Kapoor published their findings online last week in the journal Nano Letters (paid subscription . . . → Read More: Solar Nanoscale Protein Filter Cleans Antibiotics from Water

Study: Solar Panel Industry Now a Net Energy Producer

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

The global photovoltaic industry has reached a point where solar panels are now likely generating more energy than needed to produce the panels, concludes a new study by Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project. The findings of postdoctoral fellow Michael Dale and project director Sally Benson appear in the . . . → Read More: Study: Solar Panel Industry Now a Net Energy Producer

Material Developed to Reflect Sun’s Heat, Cool Buildings

Shanhui Fan, center, with graduate students Aaswath Raman, left, and Eden Rephaeli. (Norbert von der Groeben, Stanford University)

Engineers at Stanford University in California developed a new type of cooling material based on nanotechnology that radiates sunlight back into space. The team led by Stanford engineering professor Shanhui Fan published its findings earlier this . . . → Read More: Material Developed to Reflect Sun’s Heat, Cool Buildings

NSF Funding Organic Crystals Research for Electronics

Oana Jurchescu (Wake Forest University)

A physics professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant for research on the physical structure and electronic properties of organic semiconductor crystals. The five-year award to Wake Forest’s Oana Jurchescu was made under NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

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