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Energy news, January 2014

A new theoretical model developed by professors may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells.

A Kansas State University engineer has made a breakthrough in rechargeable battery applications.

Professor of Chemistry Jason Benedict, PhD, and his team at the University at Buffalo reported on the creation of the new material called UBMOF-1.

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Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields.

A "hybrid" anode developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could quadruple the life of lithium-sulfur batteries.

MFG Energy Services has introduced new service options for wind operators to extend the life of seriously damaged wind turbine blades.

The MATLAB figure viewer is now available in over 100 Elsevier journals, spanning materials science, computer science, engineering and more.

AnalySwift is forming a partnership with Altran in the release of Altran’s upcoming optimisation code for the preliminary design of composite wind turbine

China will remain the leading global consumer of wind turbine rotor blades over the coming years, with its market value expected to increase from almost $2

Researchers in the United States have suggested an alternative way to allocate science funding.

Globaldata research predicts China's market value for wind turbine blades could increase to $3.7 billion by 2020, an 8.2 per cent CAGR from 2012.

Researchers have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells.

TPI Composites has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Acciona Windpower SA to provide wind blades from TPI’s new factory in Dafeng, China.

A report from renewable energy consultancy MAKE on technology trends in the global wind energy industry notes that the trend towards longer blades will not

We look over the best materials science news items that are the most read over the month of December 2013.

Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes.

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