Ascent's latest breakthrough in solar cells for space environments weighs 66% less than comparable PV systems (photo by NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Ascent Solar Technologies announces breakthrough in solar cells for space environments


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Ascent Solar Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules with headquarters in Thornton (CO), USA, has announced a major breakthrough in power-to-weight ratio for its superlight solar module. The device delivers over 1700W of power per kilogram, operating at AM0, technically known as the space environment.

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Heliatek has further increased the efficiency of its OPV multi-junction cell

Heliatek sets new organic photovoltaic world record efficiency


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R&D teams of Dresden-based Heliatek GmbH have reached a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, setting a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells. The measurement was independently confirmed by Fraunhofer CSP (centre for silicon photovoltaics) in Halle, Germany.

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'Intelligent' contact lenses may soon serve as computer displays according to researchers of the University of South Australia

University of South Australia’s contact lens to bring vision to the small screen


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A polymer film coating with the ability to turn contact lenses into computer screens is set to transform the wearable visual aids into the next generation of consumer electronics.

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Pressure sensor for breast cancer screening developed by the University of Tokyo

University of Tokyo develops flexible sensor for breast cancer screening


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Healthcare practitioners may one day be able to physically screen for breast cancer using pressure-sensitive rubber gloves to detect tumours, owing to a transparent, bendable and sensitive pressure sensor newly developed by Japanese and American teams under the leadership of the University of Tokyo. Conventional pressure sensors are flexible enough to fit to soft surfaces such as human skin, but they cannot measure pressure changes accurately once they are twisted or wrinkled, making them unsuitable for use on complex and moving surfaces.

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The Illumination concept of rlc's Lumen series

rlc packaging group shows new smart packaging concepts


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With the concept series “Lumen”, the folding carton manufacturer rlc packaging group, which is based in Hanover, Germany, presents new packaging ideas that connect lighting effects with special constructions. Printed electronics is used to underline the special forms and colours, as well as individual details of the packaging.

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