A sampling of green-tech news thus far this week, touching on solar cells, carbon markets, biofuels, and electric cars.NREL: Record Makes Thin-Film Solar Cell Competitive with Silicon Efficiency Thin-film cells made from CIGS hit over 19 percent efficiency in NREL labs, rivaling traditional silicon. Shell, Virent form joint venture to convert crops to biogasoline | Chron.com/Houston Chronicle Forget ethanol. Here come hydrocarbons from plants. Shell and Virent to make 'biogasoline.' Technology Review: More-Powerful Solar Cells MIT spin-off 1366 Technologies (see Green Tech blog coverage) shoots for more efficient solar cells through manufacturing innovations. Pay for the Power, Not the Panels | The New York Times … Read more
If anyone cared enough to wonder why LG was showing off its latest LCD TVs at London Fashion Week, one look at them will provide the answer.
The company provided an early peek at its "Super Slim" line at CES last month, startling Crave television guru David Katzmaier with an unusual round hole in the frame. Now it's added even more personality to its "cutting-edge TV collection" for the U.K. market by giving it a red-colored back to complement the "soft red pulsating glow" of the round LED aperture, according to Pocket-lint.… Read more
MENLO PARK, Calif.--The global rise in power consumption isn't bad for all species, it turns out.
Sun Microsystems is seeing increased customer interest in its Sun Ray, a thin desktop client, as electricity prices climb, said Subodh Bapat, vice president and chief engineer in the Eco Responsibility office at Sun. Bapat's comments came in a presentation during Sun's global media day taking place Wednesday.
Thin clients like the Sun Ray consume far less electricity than conventional desktops, he said. A Sun Ray on a desktop might consume 4 to 8 watts of power. That's because … Read more
There's one constant in the gadget world: The minute you post an item that claims to have set a new record for being the smallest or thinnest fill-in-the-blank, someone will immediately dispute it. (The point was proven once again in discussions stemming from the MacBook Air.)
So the only thing we dare say is that, as of this writing, Akihabara News is reporting what it calls "the slimmest waterproof phone ever made." The 3G handset in question is the Fujitsu F705i, which measures 13.7 millimeters thick, or about 0.54 inches.
There are most certainly other … Read more
The Japanese electronic manufacturer's new LCD TVs are so thin and light that runway models can carry them around and even do a catwalk without breaking a sweat. That was the key message from Hitachi at its recent regional press event in Singapore. (More photos here.)
Available in black, red, white and blue, the UT series of LCD TVs was first unveiled three weeks ago in Japan and consists of two components: the monitor, which measures just 35mm thick (less than 1.4 inches), and a separate media station that houses the TV tuner, connectors, and S-iVDR slot. The … Read more
The ongoing trend for slim products in home audio-visual products continues with LG.Philips' recent announcement of its ultra-thin LCD panel at the FPD International 2007 event held in Japan. The companies claim that the new panel is 40 percent thinner and 10 percent lighter than conventional designs from their competitors, though other companies are working on similarly slim displays as well.
Measuring just 19.8 millimeters thick, the 42-inch screen packs more than 2 million pixels with a native 1,920x1,080 resolution and picture motion enhanced by a 120Hz video-scanning technology, according to DigiTimes. And in an apparent … Read more
It's taken awhile, but that whole thin-vs.-thick thing between LCD and plasma TVs will soon be a thing of the past at this rate. The most extreme example of the LCD crash diet is a prototype that Sharp is reportedly calling the "future of television."
The reason for the boast is in the numbers: A 52-inch screen with a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 that weighs 55 pounds and measures only 20 millimeters thick (about 0.78 inches), about 80 percent thinner than most LCDs of that size on the market today. And just for … Read more
Solar cells made from thin-film technologies could make up about one-third of the fast-growing solar photovoltaic market by 2015, a research firm predicted.
NanoMarkets on Monday released a report that forecast a rapid uptake of thin-film photovoltaics with spending set to grow from $1 billion this year to $7.2 billion by 2015.
The researcher listed several advantages that thin-film photovoltaics offer over traditional solar cells, which are made out of crystalline silicon wafers.
Thin-film solar cells, which can be made from a range of materials, can be put onto flexible substrates, which means that manufacturers can build electricity-producing walls, … Read more
Between text messages and the Web, there are about a million ways to use Twitter on your iPhone, but ThinCloud would like to think that its sheer style will make you bookmark it for future Twittering. What makes ThinCloud so special? It's very finger- and eyeball-friendly, much more in fact than Pockettweets, which we took a look at last week. It's got huge buttons and a friendly graphical interface with thumbnails for browsing and checking up on your friends. Unlike Pockettweets, however, there's no way to star (or favorite) messages you like.
In the electronics industry's twin obsessions of products that are flat or small, what could be better than something that's both? TDK's Xa-10 mobile speakers, which are planned for the Japanese market, are not only flat but can also fit in your pocket with the approximate dimensions of an index card (but not quite as thin). MobileWhack says the thickness--0.63 inches, to be exact--is necessary to house a battery compartment, though the speakers can also be powered through a USB connection. The best part, other than their orange, lime and silver colors, is the price: $25.… Read more