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2013-04-18 23:40:26

Throughout decades of research on solar cells, one formula has been considered an absolute limit to the efficiency of such devices in converting sunlight into electricity: Called the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit, it posits that the ultimate conversion efficiency can never exceed 34 percent for a single optimized semiconductor junction. Now, researchers at MIT have shown that there is a way to blow past that limit as easily as today's jet fighters zoom through the sound barrier...

Solar Cells Developed That Peel-And-Stick To Virtually Anything
2013-04-17 05:37:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Stanford University and the Department of Energy´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a peel-and-stick solar cell that could one day be used to charge mobile phones and power a variety of other small devices. Peel-and-stick, or water-assisted transfer printing (WTP), technologies were developed by the Stanford group, and have been used before for nanowire based electronics. However, the Stanford-NREL...

Nanowires May Mean More Efficient, Cheaper Solar Panels
2013-04-08 19:16:36

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Nanowires could be the answer for constructing solar panels with less materials and lower costs. Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) are working on new technology to advance solar panels. New research on tiny filaments called nanowires has made some promising findings. Influenced by nature, researcher Anna Fontcuberta i Morral looked at how trees in a forest stand upright to collect energy from the...

2013-04-04 23:00:53

A recently added market report by Transparency Market Research on “Thin Film Photovoltaics Market - Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis And Forecasts 2012 - 2018" is now available for pre-order. To browse the report, visit http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/thin-film-photovoltaics-market.html Albany, NY (PRWEB) April 04, 2013 Thin film photovoltaics are solar cells manufactured by placing one or more thin layers of photovoltaic material on a substrate. The...

Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cells Created Using Trees
2013-03-27 13:44:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have developed recyclable, efficient solar cells using natural substrates from plants like trees. Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports about how the solar cells can be quickly recycled in water at the end of their lifecycle. The team's solar cells are capable of reaching a power conversion efficiency of 2.7 percent. During the recycling process,...

Super-Efficient Nanowires Could Be Future Of Solar Energy
2013-03-25 10:40:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Extremely thin nanowires are expected to revolutionize the field of electronics, and a new study in the journal Nature Photonics shows that they could have an impact on solar energy production as well. According to the study, researchers at the Niels Bohr Institut in Denmark and Switzerland´s École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been able to use a single nanowire to...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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