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Energy Archive

  • Silicon and Sun

    In his lab facing the Pacific Ocean, Daniel Morse is learning new ways to build complex semiconductor devices for cheaper, more efficient solar cells. He has an unlikely teacher: sea sponges.

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  • Window Power

    Energy-generating building material is in production.

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  • More Efficient Solar Cells

    Researchers are using layers of silicon quantum dots to create ultra-efficient silicon solar cells.

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  • A Practical Fuel-Cell Power Plant

    GE’s advance allows for a solid-oxide fuel cell to use coal-based fuels at costs approaching that of conventional power plants.

    4 comments

  • BP Solar Sticks with Silicon

    An industry giant says a tweak to silicon manufacturing could beat more exotic materials approaches over the next decade.

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  • Printing Fuel Cells

    A new printing process could cheaply make complex fuel-cell reformers, and other microscale devices.

  • Safer, Higher-Capacity Batteries

    Silver-zinc battery chemistry could replace lithium ion in laptops and other electronics–if such batteries can be made cheaply enough.

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