Energy
Sander Dorenbos: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 1Sander Dorenbos: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 1

A new device based on superconducting nano-materials helps to detect single photons with higher efficiency

April 2012
Floor van de Pavert: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 2Floor van de Pavert: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 2

How three young entrepreneurs have transformed a brilliant invention into a commercial product.

April 2012
The Nano LaboratoryThe Nano Laboratory

Scientists are turning one of the most powerful microscopes on earth into an engineering laboratory. A Scanning Electron Microscope allows you to examine the surfaces of probes to almost an atomic layer

August 2011
A multi-nano tool can introduce something new under the sunA multi-nano tool can introduce something new under the sun

Basic operations in the field of nanotechnology that are currently very difficult or impossible to perform can become easy with a new multi-nano tool called FIBLYS. Nanosized components in for example solar cells will be designed and studied in an entirely new way, which the researchers hope will increase the solar cells’ energy output with up to 15 percent

July 2011
Physicist Dr. Sylvain Nicolay: “Further research needs to be done to bring nano-tuned solar cells to the market”Physicist Dr. Sylvain Nicolay: “Further research needs to be done to bring nano-tuned solar cells to the market”

Solar cell production is still an expensive process. Thin solar cells consume less raw materials, energy and time, but their efficiency is still low and has to be improved through additional research efforts

July 2011
Nanostructures improve solar cell efficiencyNanostructures improve solar cell efficiency

To make solar cells a competitive alternative to other renewable energy sources, researchers are investigating different alternatives. A step in the right direction is through new processes that change the surfaces of silicon solar cells. By creating different nanostructures on the surfaces, the energy harvesting properties of solar cells can be improved

May 2011
Nano-tuned Solar CellsNano-tuned Solar Cells

Solar cells that are more effective and cost less in production: European researchers developed nano-tuned surfaces to gain both.

May 2011
Nano Powered CarsNano Powered Cars

How can electric cars increase their driving range before they need to stop and recharge? Traditional batteries cannot keep up with the high storage demand but the complete redesign of lithium ion batteries open up new possibilities

May 2011
Progress in the development of rechargeable batteries through nanotechnologyProgress in the development of rechargeable batteries through nanotechnology

Researchers are testing different ways of improving rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and nanotechnology plays an important role in the development. The aim is to offer batteries that have fast charge and discharge rates as well as high stored energy per mass. This can make electric vehicles a competitive alternative to petrol-powered vehicles

May 2011
The latest developments in nanotechnology for solar energyThe latest developments in nanotechnology for solar energy

In the solar energy field researchers are using the latest developments in nanotechnology to work on very small solar cells. Researchers are testing different ways to make them more efficient. Flexible sheets of organic solar cells have entered another niche than silicon-based solar cells

February 2011
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