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Energy news, April 2014

Graphene and carbon nanotubes combine to make spaser for future flexible electronics.

Polystyrene nanospheres have been shown to improve the conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells.

The latest offshore wind farm support vessel from UK boat builder CTruk is a 22 m composite catamaran designed to deal with rougher seas, longer transits a

270 MW South Kent Wind farm has the capacity to power approximately 100,000 Ontario homes annually.

Researchers have discovered a way to use existing semiconductors to detect a far wider range of light than is now possible, well into the infrared range.

Exclusive agreement covers the supply of composite structures to produce the nacelle casings for Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6MW wind turbine.

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water.

The UK wind sector, which increased by nearly 50 percent to $5.9 billion, drove the increase.

The offshore wind power joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is now operational. It will handle the further development of th

Owens Corning has introduced an enhanced WindStrand® Type 30® roving products range for weaving fabrics.

Polish GRP manufacturer Markos has increased its production volume of wind turbine nacelles (including hub covers) to 14 sets per week.

Take a look at the most popular news stories in materials science during March 2014.

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