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Innovative solar energy applications point the way forward

Most people no longer ask whether solar energy will be a success; the question is rather which forms of photovoltaic technology and system types will be successful. The total global installed PV capacity is fast approaching 100 GW, up from 1.5 GW in 2000 to 89.5 GW at the...

source: By Don Rosato
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The road ahead for plastics has the potential to significantly impact future electronic device applications....

source: By Don Rosato

This is a car that is made almost entirely out of plastic. The Strati took 44 hours to make, and it's completely drivable. It's lighter and, if you believe its creators, also stronger than its metal counterparts. And it just might be the...

source: The Washington Post

Uncured sugru feels a bit like play-dough, and can be shaped and molded to fit all sorts of applications. It sticks to all manner of surfaces, apart from Teflon, and once cured it becomes a flexible silicone rubber that’s stable from –50°C to 180°C....

source: Royal Society of Chemistry

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, muscle-like...

source: Science Daily

Even the most advanced production lines are susceptible to machine malfunctions or damage. Detectability of materials is therefore vital to ensure that foreign particles can be recognized quickly and reliably in the processed food. igus’ new polymer Energy Chain made...

source: Ferret.com.au

Solar cells made from polymers have the potential to be cheap and lightweight, but scientists are struggling to make them generate electricity efficiently. Now a team of researchers led by Yu has identified a new polymer that allows electrical charges to move more easily...

source: Futurity

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