20 May 2020
First Test of Solar Power Satellite Hardware in Orbit
US Naval Research Laboratory engineers launched PRAM, the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle as part of a comprehensive investigation into prospective terrestrial use of solar energy captured in space.
4 Feb 2020
Hanergy Collapse: Significance for EV and Photovoltaic Industry
Hanergy is a large Chinese company. In past years, it has been in trouble for allegedly false accounting but it has been a global leader in flexible and thin film photovoltaics including GaAs and copper indium gallium diselenide CIGS and it has its own advanced silicon photovoltaics PV.
30 Oct 2019
Graphene Market Research Tipping Point: Part 2
A Discussion With The IDTechEx Research Director. This is the final part of a two-part article written by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, a leading industry expert and Research Director at IDTechEx, discussing the global graphene market, more information on the topic can be found in his report "Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2019-2029".
23 Apr 2019
Quantum dot polymer for next-gen screens
Scientists have developed and patented the fabrication of transparent, luminescent material they say could give smartphone and television screens flexible, stretchable, and shatterproof properties.
20 Feb 2019
Structural super capacitors prepare for take off
As their name suggests, such multifunctional structural materials simultaneously carry out two or more functions that would normally have to be addressed separately. For example, a structural role might combine with optical, electrical, magnetic or thermal properties. In some cases, entire complex devices can be built either within or from the primary structural material.
12 Oct 2018
Route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials
Engineers have developed a technique to fabricate ultrathin semiconducting films made from a host of exotic materials other than silicon. To demonstrate their technique, the researchers fabricated flexible films made from gallium arsenide, gallium nitride, and lithium fluoride — materials that exhibit better performance than silicon but until now have been prohibitively expensive to produce in functional devices.
17 Aug 2018
Fiber laser sensing trends: LiDAR, gas detection & structural health
Fiber lasers have a large share of the laser material processing market but are typically limited to aerospace and defence applications in the sensing market segment. That is set to change within the next decade as emerging applications of fiber laser technologies include automotive LiDAR, multi-species gas sensing and structural health monitoring.
19 Jun 2018
Solar powered UAVs fly for more than twelve hours
Researchers are developing technology for unmanned aerial vehicles that has given them the ability to fly for more than 12 hours by harvesting energy from the atmosphere and the sun.
11 Jun 2018
Cybel are a fiber laser manufacturer and a distributor of photonic systems manufactured by partner companies. IDTechEx first had a discussion with Cybel at SPIE Photonics West 2018 in January 2018; this was followed by a full interview in February 2018. The company specializes in fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers for gas sensing and scientific applications.
18 Dec 2017
Drug discovery could accelerate hugely with machine learning
The algorithm can accurately predict the interactions between a protein and a drug molecule based on a handful of reference experiments or simulations.
24 Nov 2017
Using natural motion of 2D materials as source of clean energy
Graphene is a seemingly impossible material. For years, scientists had theorized that lifting a single layer of carbon atoms from a chunk of graphite could produce the first two-dimensional material, which they called graphene.
12 Jul 2017
Patent for solar microbial fuel cell
A self-assembling, self-repairing, and self-contained microbial photoelectrochemical solar cell driven entirely by sunlight and microorganisms.
24 Mar 2017
EnZinc is a US start-up working on the development of rechargeable Zn/air batteries, which they envision can be a low-cost alternative to Li-ion for electric mobility applications.
30 Jan 2017
Making AI systems that see the world as humans do
Researchers have developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand the world as humans do.
23 Jan 2017
Greater speed, accuracy in recognizing brain injury
Modern body armor better protects warfighters against shrapnel from explosive blasts. However, they still face a hidden threat—the resulting blast pressure and shock wave that could cause traumatic brain injury.
12 Oct 2016
Turning brewery wastewater into battery power
Engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.
14 Dec 2015
Diagnosing better efficiencies for solar cells
A new diagnostic imaging technique promises to boost efficiencies of solar cells by making it possible to find and correct previously undetected ways that solar cells fall far short of theoretical efficiencies.
30 Sep 2015
Meeting of Japan Energy Harvesting Consortium September 25 2015
As energy harvesting becomes a different and much more noticed subject, IDTechEx monitors the situation by intensive visits to many events, companies and universities. The meeting of the Japan Energy Harvesting Consortium September 2015 was certainly revealing.
5 Aug 2015
Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.
23 Jul 2015
Quick testing of candidate material for organic solar cells
Hunting for the best material from which to build organic solar cells can be like seeking the proverbial haystack needle, but now scientists may have a better search tool for the nascent industry.