The world’s solar panels rely on technology pioneered in Australia. Now our researchers are working on ultra-low-cost, high efficiency solar cells.
When sugarcane bagasse is burned, the ash contains silica. The race is on to extract this for various uses.
There are ‘jewels’ among the piles of ash that remain once sugarcane’s fibrous material is burned.
A silicon disc, or ‘wafer,’ yields dozens of semiconductor chips.
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Semiconductor chips are electronic devices that store and process information. Today they can contain billions of microscopic switches on a chip smaller than a fingernail.
What if it were a lot easier to install solar power?
Silicon is cheap and a good semiconductor, but it’s bulky and rigid. Using organic polymers as semiconductors could yield solar panels with the physical characteristics of plastics.
Could this monitor and window be combined with a solar panel?
Organic semiconductors could make possible energy-generating windows that double as movie screens or computer displays.
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The fossil fuel era won’t last forever. And a new set of countries will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals are in high demand.
A basic design of a light-based chip.
As electronic transistors get tinier, they approach a point at which they won’t be able to get smaller. How can we keep shrinking our devices, and making them more powerful at the same time? Light.
A molecular beam epitaxy machine used to create semiconductor samples.
John C. Bean (University of Virginia) and Tom Vandervelde (Tufts University)
As we reach the limits of what can be done with silicon, the search for new and improved superconductors is on.
Silicon isn’t the perfect semiconductor, it’s just the one we’re using. How can we ensure our electronics keep get getting faster in the face of silicon’s natural physical limits?
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