Transparent Conductive Films and Materials: Transition from old to new
The market composition of transparent conductive films and materials has not dramatically shifted for some years. It is heavily reliant upon select markets such as flat consumer small/medium sized electronic touch screens. Indeed, the IDTechEx Research report Transparent Conductive Films and Materials 2018-2028: Forecasts, Technologies, Players puts this reliance around 85-90% today. The emergence of new applications has also been slower than many had predicted and hoped. This report finds that so-called 'old' applications are still the vast majority of the market.
New batteries with better performance and improved safety
Researchers from Empa and the University of Geneva have developed an initial prototype of a solid sodium battery with the potential to store extra energy.
Illuminated pajamas treat newborns
Babies who suffer from jaundice after birth are treated with shortwave light. Empa researchers have now developed illuminated pajamas that replace the treatment in an incubator.
A rubber power plant
Researchers have developed a flexible material that generates electricity when stressed. In future, it might be used as a sensor, integrated into clothing or even implanted in the human body, for instance, to power a pacemaker.
Ultra-thin concrete roof with thin-film photovoltaics
A prototype for an ultra-thin, sinuous concrete roof using innovative design and fabrication methods. A second, exterior layer of the concrete sandwich structure encloses the roof, onto which thin-film photovoltaic cells are installed.
World record solar cells for "move"
Swiss start-up Flisom is ready for the global market: the company, a spin-off from ETH Zürich and Empa, has developed a unique roll-to-roll process for the cost-effective production of flexible and highly efficient thin-film solar modules.
World's largest electric vehicle
A Swiss consortium of companies is constructing the largest electric vehicle in the world - in record time.
SwissKitePower Project Switzerland
The SwissKitePower project is a multidisciplinary research and development effort aimed at creating a totally new device which can harness wind energy at high altitudes. The winds at altitude are stronger and more consistent than those at the ground and represent an enormous potential source of renewable energy.
3D printer inks from the woods
Researchers have succeeded in developing an environmentally friendly ink for 3D printing based on cellulose nanocrystals. This technology can be used to fabricate microstructures with outstanding mechanical properties, which have promising potential uses in implants and other biomedical applications.
Founded in August 2010 and based in Xiamen China, Xiamen Weihua Solar Co.,Ltd. is a company focusing on research & development, production and sales of perovskite solar cells, with RMB 10 million registered capital. The technology of the company is based on the perovskite solar cell technologies of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science (EMPA). The founder & CEO Dr. Bin Fan was a student of Prof Michael Grätzel, the latter was the inventor of dye sensitized solar cell (DS
The future's bright, the future's OLED
Organic light-emitting diodes will soon show our world in a new light: the days of small light sources are numbered; in future, entire walls, ceilings, façades and car exteriors will light up our lives.
Solid-state electrolytes and the quest for a safer battery
2016 was the year of Li-ion batteries' silver jubilee, a coming of age that has not been hassle-free, as Samsung's Firegate showed us. This year might mark the first significant switch to new materials in the electrolyte compartment, with both large and small companies trying to bring inorganic and polymer electrolytes to commercial fruition.
Soft sensors for smart textiles
Researchers have succeeded in producing optic fibers for sensors that are ideal for textiles.
Uncompromising on organic solar cells
Researchers have developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones.
Energy Storage Innovations Europe 2017
The field of battery energy storage is set to grow significantly over the coming years. The question that incumbents, raw materials suppliers, end users, and innovators are all asking themselves is whether Li-ion batteries will keep the lion's share of the market, or whether disruptive innovation will drive technology diversification according to applications.
Summer heat for the winter
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Yes, this is possible, using a cheap material like sodium lye. Within a European research consortium scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.
New directions for the aerogel market
Alternatives to silica aerogel panel and blanket composites are beginning to gain traction. Silica aerogel granule and powder products are becoming more pronounced as progressively more companies emerge. Meanwhile polymer aerogels are a different class of the material, which can have the potential to act as interesting alternatives to traditional plastic and composite products.
On-site robotic construction
The new Mesh Mould building technology no longer uses the timber formwork. It combines the functions of the formwork and reinforcement into a steel wire grid, which is manufactured by a robot based on a computer model.
Empa - Spin-out for the scale up of silica aerogel granules
IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Richard Collins interviewed Dr Matthias Koebel (head of laboratory) from Empa research institute. They are investigating scaling up the one-pot continuous flow process for silica aerogel manufacturing.