Navigation Links
Iowa Power Fund advances researcher’s long quest for efficient solar power
Date:2/17/2009

AMES, Iowa In Vikram Dalal's 37 years of researching solar technology, the efficiency of thin film solar cells for homes and buildings has improved from 1 percent to about 7 percent.

Dalal, the Thomas M. Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and director of the university's Microelectronics Research Center, is hoping his latest multidisciplinary research project could boost that efficiency to about 10 percent.

That would mean better solar cell technology that could be patented and licensed by Iowa State, a competitive edge for an Ames-based company collaborating on the project and clean, green energy for all of us.

The three-year research project is supported by a $1.69 million grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a state program to support energy innovation and independence. The project supports the work of Dalal and six other Iowa State faculty members plus eight graduate students. The Iowa Energy Center is also supporting some of Dalal's solar research and he expects that work to contribute to the power fund project.

"We are very excited about this project," said Dalal. "We want to help Iowa become a major producer of solar products that can be sold all over the world. That's what I want do to. I want to help Iowa companies become world-class producers of solar technology."

The project has three primary goals:

Study, characterize and optimize new silicon alloys that can be used in photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Dalal said as new materials are developed, researchers have to figure out how they can be used in solar applications.

Develop new solar cell structures that optimize the performance of the new materials. Dalal said there is no universal design for solar devices and so new materials mean new structures.

And, study how semiconductors based on organic molecules can be used in solar applications. Dala
'/>"/>

Contact: Vikram Dalal
vdalal@iastate.edu
515-294-1077
Iowa State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New research shows high-quality protein in eggs contributes to power, strength and energy
2. City of Newark first in nation using cars to power grid
3. Biologists learn structure, mechanism of powerful molecular motor in virus
4. Newly identified gene powerful predictor of colon cancer metastasis
5. Powerful online tool for protein analysis provided pro bono by Stanford geneticist
6. Solar-powered sea-slugs live like plants, prof says
7. Apelin hormone injections powerfully lower blood sugar
8. Pectin power
9. Researchers design artificial cells that could power medical implants
10. Anabolic steroids provide a competitive edge in power lifting years after doping has ended
11. FSU joins coalition working to improve nations power grid
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Iowa Power Fund advances researcher’s long quest for efficient solar power
(Date:8/29/2014)... Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the ... immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the team found that specialized ... early responders to viral invasion and are the ... called interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β). , Though aimed ... of the gut epithelium that provides a barrier ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... Scientists at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and ... the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, have ... the longest-lived rodent, the naked mole rat. , ... naked mole rats protects and alters the activity of ... proteins. , The factor also protects proteasome function in ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... little has been known about what genetic changes transform ... scientists, one of whom is a University of Montana ... genes controlling the development of the brain and the ... study was published Aug. 28 in Science ... online at http://www.sciencemag.org/ ., The domestication of animals ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The early cost of HIV 2Factor in naked mole rat's cells enhances protein integrity 2New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits 2New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits 3
... DALLAS May 11, 2010 Microbiologists at UT Southwestern ... a potential target in cattle that could be exploited to ... strain of Escherichia coli . In the ... Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , researchers ...
... The car is not the only vehicle that can ... Engineering Technical School, Mikel Lejarza, Jose Ignacio Uriarte, Miguel ngel ... research team working on an innovative project: to have a ... and unmooring) using electric energy obtained from the movement of ...
... 2010) -- Cell-cell junctions are multi-molecular complexes that ... as barriers to permeability, and allow intercellular transport. ... Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, surveys current research on cell ... University) and W. James Nelson (Stanford University), both leaders ...
Cached Biology News:UT Southwestern researchers find mechanism that may stop E. coli from developing in cattle 2Project for sailing vessels to maneuver in ports using electric energy from wind 2Project for sailing vessels to maneuver in ports using electric energy from wind 3
(Date:8/29/2014)... SAN DIEGO, Aug. 29, 2014  Pfenex Inc. ... in the development of high-value and difficult to ... business update and reported financial results for the ... "With the successful completion of our initial public ... advance our biosimilar product candidates, derived from our ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... are based on electrons, but one of the most ... i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. ... a stream of single photons and control their direction. ... attempts to achieve this control, but now scientists at ... steady stream of photons emitted one at a time ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 The ... $5.6 billion in 2019. It is expected to ... to 2019, and was valued at $1.8 billion ... by Transparency Market Research. , For more information ... http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/companion-diagnostics-market.html . , The research report, titled “Companion ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... 29, 2014 According to a new market ... global orthobiologics market was valued at USD 3,754.6 million in ... 5,519.9million in 2019at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2013 to ... and above is afflicted by bone and joint disorders, and ... 2020. This has and will continue to increase the demand ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 2Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 3Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 4Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 5Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 6Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 7Pfenex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Provides Business Update 8Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology 2Companion Diagnostics Market to Hit $5.6 Billion in 2019: Transparency Market Research 2Companion Diagnostics Market to Hit $5.6 Billion in 2019: Transparency Market Research 3Global Orthobiologics Market to Reach $5,519.9 Million by 2019: Transparency Market Research 2Global Orthobiologics Market to Reach $5,519.9 Million by 2019: Transparency Market Research 3
... Solutions, LLC, Santa Clara, CA, a manufacturer of ... Nova Biomedical, Waltham, MA, a world leader in ... TruBio(TM) plug-in for OPC connectivity between TruBio control ... de facto standard for data exchange between process ...
... CITY, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AEterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: ... company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology, will announce ... results before market open on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. ... to discuss these results later that same day at ...
... Plants to Further Develop Plant Traits for BiofuelKINGSTON, ... (PPI), a global leader in agricultural and biofuel ... are pleased to announce that a project led ... in funding from SDTC. The funds will be ...
Cached Biology Technology:UPDATE: OPC Connectivity Between TruBio Software and Nova FLEX Analyzers 2Canadian Government Announces Funding for Leading Biotechnology Firm's Project 2Canadian Government Announces Funding for Leading Biotechnology Firm's Project 3
KV beta.1 (Q-13)...
Preadipocyte factor-1 [Pref-1, DLK-1], C-terminal...
... 4 deuterium atoms at the 3, 3', ... for use as an internal standard for ... GC- or LC-mass spectrometry. PGE2 is one ... acid and one of the most widely ...
Deletions, insertions or substitutions. Mutations in plasmids of size up to 15 kb. Single or multiple mutations...
Biology Products: