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6 Promising Energy Storage Options to Tie into the Grid
Power Electronics | Renewable energy storage solutions have shown remarkable progress in recent years, as the following list demonstrates. READ MORE
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Cool Lip Crucibles
Controlling the migration of aluminum during your thin film coating process has always been a challenge...up until now! Our "Cool Lip Crucibles" do a great job of controlling the wetting of the aluminum and minimize any migration of the aluminum out of the crucible. READ MORE
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Powerful LED-based train headlight optimized for energy savings
Phys.org | Researchers have designed a new LED-based train headlight that uses a tenth of the energy required for headlights using conventional light sources. If operated 8 hours every day, the electricity savings of the new design would reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by about 152 kilograms per year.Train headlights not only illuminate the tracks ahead, they also play an important role in rail transportation. Because trains are difficult to stop, the headlights must be visible from a distance far enough away to give people or vehicles on the tracks ample time to move out of the way. READ MORE

New technique shows how 2-D thin films take the heat
ScienceNews | High-energy particle beams can reveal how 2-D thin sheets behave when the heat is cranked up. Researchers have devised a way to track how these materials, such as the supermaterial graphene, expand or contract as temperatures rise (SN: 10/3/15, p. 7). This technique, described in the Feb. 2 Physical Review Letters, showed that 2-D semiconductors arranged in single-atom-thick sheets expand more like plastics than metals when heated. Better understanding the high-temp behaviors of these and other 2-D materials could help engineers design sturdy nano-sized electronics. READ MORE

Scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film devices
Phys.org | Engineers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Oregon State University are developing a new method of processing nanomaterials that could lead to faster and cheaper manufacturing of flexible thin film devices - from touch screens to window coatings, according to a new study. The "intense pulsed light sintering" method uses high-energy light over an area nearly 7,000 times larger than a laser to fuse nanomaterials in seconds. READ MORE



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