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Date:7/24/2009

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  • Ultra-Accelerated Weathering System is a multifaceted, ultraviolet solar concentrator used to speed up the exposure of coatings, paints and other materials to determine their durability and resistance to weathering. Industry applications include coatings used for solar panels as well as paints or finishes used on homes, cars or even bridges. The UAWS provides test results 12 times faster than other accelerated weathering systems and can replicate years of sun damage in just a few weeks. (Jointly with Atlas Material Testing Technology and the Institute of Laser Optical Technology)

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  • SkyTrough Parabolic Trough Solar Concentrating Collector uses a lightweight and weatherproof reflector to create a low cost system for utility-sized power generation. This innovation, coupled with improvements to items like the hydraulic-based rotational system and the sun-tracking controller, enables SkyTrough to reduce installed cost by 35 percent. (Jointly with SkyFuel, Inc.)

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  • High-Resolution UV Holography Lens - The lens will help scientists measure the size and velocity of particles ejected off a metal after it is hit by a shock wave. The physics of these particles will be used to develop a theoretical model for nonnuclear experiments that safely simulate atomic experiments. It can also be used with any x-ray imaging application to study how a material's construction, purity, phase, and surface treatment a
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