More efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes and transparency levels are helping modules become less expensive and more versatile.
June 1, 2016
Solar modules for building skin integration are still niche products due to high costs, a lack of integration possibilities and interest on the part of architects—but this could soon change. Due to more efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes, and transparency levels, modules are becoming less expensive and more versatile.
Performance is critical for today’s advanced applications of ceramics. Whether they are being used as electrical insulators or for thermal protection on a spacecraft, the failure of ceramic components can have serious, even life-threatening consequences.
USC scientists have developed a material that is incredibly hard but also elastic, making it potentially useful for applications ranging from drill bits and body armor to meteor-resistant satellite casints.
Engineers have created a new material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard yet elastic. The material can withstand heavy impacts without deforming; even when pushed beyond its elastic limits, it doesn’t fracture, but instead retains most of its original strength.
Months or even years of planning have gone into buying your company’s new thermal processing equipment. The executives have cut ribbons and pictures have been taken. Now the countdown begins; degradation starts as soon as the installation is complete and the equipment is turned on. The equipment is heading toward its first failure.
A paper-like battery electrode developed by a Kansas State University engineer may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles. Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team have created the battery electrode using silicon oxycarbide-glass and graphene.
The use of corrosion-resistant lined storage tanks, process tanks and vessels has continued to expand in the manufacturing sector. For many companies, the purchase and repair of these tanks is a time-consuming process that often requires planning, coordination, added transportation, and scheduling, as well as quality concerns.