25 Apr 2022
Cheaper Solar Cells Could be on the Way
New solar cell devices that are cheaper and easier to make could soon make their way to market thanks to materials. Traditional solar cells are made from silicon, which has good efficiency and stability, but is relatively expensive to make and can only be manufactured in stiff panels. Perovskite solar cells offer an intriguing alternative; they can be printed from inks, making them low cost, high efficiency, thin, lightweight and flexible.
12 Apr 2022
KnitRegen is a UK-based start-up specializing in medical devices for post-stroke rehabilitation.
29 Mar 2022
Highlights from the Future Propulsion Conference 2022
IDTechEx attended the Future Propulsion Conference in Birmingham, UK, a two day conference held on the 2nd and 3rd March 2022. The event was co-hosted by AVL Powertrain UK and Imperial College London, bringing together industry and academic experts within the powertrain development field. This article presents highlights from the conference presentations.
Conference speakers included Ballard Motive Systems, Changan UK, CNH Industrial, Leyland Trucks, JCB, FEV, Cummins, and Ricardo.
14 Mar 2022
Medical Training Robots with Realistic Pain Expressions
A new approach to producing realistic expressions of pain on robotic patients could help to reduce error and bias during physical examination. A team of researchers has developed a way to generate more accurate expressions of pain on the face of medical training robots during physical examination of painful areas.
8 Mar 2022
Synbiosys is a start-up based in London, UK that is developing a deep learning-based software for the validation of 3D-printed components. IDTechEx spoke with CEO Jose Videira.
8 Mar 2022
Bendy Robotic Arm Twisted Into Shape With Help of Augmented Reality
The flexible arm can twist and turn in all directions, making it readily customisable for potential applications in manufacturing, spacecraft maintenance, and even injury rehabilitation.
15 Feb 2022
Disorder-Engineered Inorganic Crystals Set Record for Ultrathin Solar
Displayed over roof tops and in solar farms, silicon-based solar cells are, so far, one of the most efficient systems in generating electricity from sunlight, but their fabrication can be expensive and energy demanding, aside from being heavy and bulky. The alternative solution of lower-cost thin film solar cells also brings the caveat of being mainly composed of toxic elements such as lead or cadmium, or containing scarce elements such as indium or tellurium.
28 Dec 2021
Phosphorene Nanoribbons Live up to Hype in First Demonstration
Researchers have incorporated phosphorene nanoribbons into new types of solar cells, dramatically improving their efficiency. Phosphorene nanoribbons are ribbon-like strands of the 2D material phosphorous, which, similar to graphene, are made of single-atom-thick layers of atoms. PNRs were first produced in 2019, and hundreds of theoretical studies have predicted how their properties could enhance all kinds of devices, including batteries, biomedical sensors, and quantum computers.
22 Dec 2021
Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material
Scientists have shown how electricity is transported in printed 2D materials, paving the way for design of flexible devices for healthcare and beyond.