Book on materials for energy

24 02 2012


Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Edited by David S. Ginley

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado

David Cahen

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Cambridge University Press

How will we meet rising energy demands? What are our options? Are there viable long-term solutions for the future? Learn the fundamental physical, chemical and materials science at the heart of: • Renewable/non-renewable energy sources • Future transportation systems • Energy efficiency • Energy storage Whether you are a student taking an energy course or a newcomer to the field, this book will help you understand critical relationships between the environment, energy and sustainability. Leading experts provide comprehensive coverage of each topic, bringing together diverse subject matter by integrating theory with engaging insights. Each chapter includes helpful features to aid understanding, including a historical overview to provide context, suggested further reading and questions for discussion. Every subject is beautifully illustrated and brought to life with full color images and color-coded sections for easy browsing, making this a complete educational package. Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability will enable today’s scientists and educate future generations.

Project on advanced flexible plastic solar panels

21 02 2012

UJI research group led by Juan Bisquert participates in  €14.2M flexible printed plastic solar panel project coordinated by CSEM

Printed-plastic solar technology is transforming how and where we harvest power. It represents the newest generation of technologies in solar power generation which will result in flexible, low weight, and low cost panels. Europe has recently launched a four-year, €14.2M effort to develop advanced flexible plastic solar panels designed to be integrated into new consumer mobile applications and buildings. Led by the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), the project consortium includes industrial partners such as Agfa, BASF, and DuPont Teijin Films as well as the photovoltaic pioneer Konarka and key European research institutes and universities.

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Mega Nano center at Bar-Ilan University

8 02 2012

Huge brand new Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan University in Tel-Aviv is directed by Arie Zaban











One of the projects at the Center is a succesful flexible dye solar cell, made by Larissa Grinis, a researcher in Zaban’s group.

Can a country run without oil?

8 02 2012

Well the first step would be to drive cars without gasoline, everyone would have to rely on electric cars fed by batteries. Now batteries are expensive and take long time to recharge. But first, selling the car with the battery is like selling the gas car with gasoline to run for years. Second, batteries can be changed very rapidly if the proper infrastructure is put on place. So this is the reasoning that Shai Agassi developed a few years back, he and his company Better Place raised several hundred milions, and now they are on their way to make Israel the first country where cars do not need oil.