November 3/10, 2008




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Perspective

"There is no leadership at the national level and the misinformation that is spread by the existing energy companies and special interest groups is exceptionally misleading. On the other side, media hype based on press releases or other non-refereed reports can lead to unrealistic expectations."
 
- from Q&A with Robert Birkmire


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RESEARCH

The dyes have it

Come up with the right dye and you can boost the performance of a potentially inexpensive type of solar cell. [more]

RESEARCH

Rubber stamping plastic solar cells

Figure out how to form thin films of the right materials with a rubber stamp and you can make inexpensive plastic solar cells even less expensive. [more]

RESEARCH

Reflectivity boosts solar coating prospects

Grow a layer of the right material on a reflective surface and you have the makings of a coating that generates electricity from sunlight. [more]

RESEARCH

Nanotube-silicon pairing makes solar cell

Coat a silicon wafer with carbon nanotubes and you have a moderately efficient solar cell that could lead to cheaper high-performance solar cells. [more]

RESEARCH

Nano brushes generate power

Make microscopic interconnecting brushes of the right materials and you can turn vibrations into electricity. [more]

FUNDING

Sustainable biofuels project funded

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $2 million to Ximing Cai and colleagues at the University of Illinois to make a holistic, systems-based analysis of sustainably producing cellulosic biofuels. [more]

FUNDING

Engineered algae project funded

The National Science Foundation has awarded half a million dollars to a team lead by Wayne Curtis of Pennsylvania State University and Joseph Chappell of the University of Kentucky to genetically modify algae to produce biofuels. [more]


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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

Eric on Energy

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Many faces in the sun

For many people “solar cells” conjures up images of dark, glassy modules mounted on rooftops. Generating electricity from sunlight, however, is becoming broader than a particular material, form factor or application. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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