Over 90 % of the worlds solar cells are made from silicon but they are not particularly efficient at converting light to energy. They are made from layers of high purity crystal more than 150 micrometers thick which is costly to produce.
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Ever had the Feeling you’re Being Watched?
This new drone-mounted camera gizmo launched on Kickstarter will help fuel your paranoia. The HEXO+ project marries a GoPro Hero3 HD camera to a hexapod autonomous model drone and pairs it with your smartphone. So far so good, now comes the interesting bit; set up the drone to track the phone at a programmable distance and just put the phone in your pocket...
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Eugene Passes the Turin Test
Solar Impulse 2 Takes Wing
The latest version of a solar powered aircraft made a successful maiden flight in Switzerland earlier this week. Solar Impulse 2 is designed to circumnavigate the globe. This new model follows on from the Solar Impulse 1 which made flights across The States in 2013.
New DSO from Rohde & Schwarz
The HMO1002 digital oscilloscope from Rohde & Schwarz is a quality test and measurement device representing good value for money. Three models offer bandwidths of 50, 70 and 100 MHz and an optional eight-channel logic probe allows full use of the scope’s MSO capabilities.
Silly Putty boosts Li-ion Energy Density
Surely everyone remembers their first encounter with silly putty. Knead it into a sphere and it becomes a super bouncy ball, hit it hard and it shatters into pieces that slowly flow together again. Originally developed during the Second World War as a possible substitute for rubber, it is a curiosity, a solution looking for a problem…
Is Dual Carbon the Way Forward?
A startup Japanese company called Power Japan Plus have announced a new type of rechargeable battery which they claim is a significant improvement compared to LiIon batteries. The battery was developed at the department of applied chemistry at the Kyushu University in Japan.