256 MB, $119), and kanitumi (fried
crab claws, 256 MB, $119). And if all
this sushi leaves you thirsty, try the bottle of sake (256 MB, $99). Personally,
I’m waiting until the bratwurst with
kraut drives come out of Germany.
SOLAR CELLS HIT 40+
It was recently announced that Oak
Ridge National Laboratory researcher
Thomas Thundat has been elected a fellow
of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Thundat, a member of the Biosciences
Division at the Department of Energy lab-
oratory and a UT-Battelle corporate fellow,
is noted for research involving sensor technology and weapons detection. The AAAS
Council cited Thundat’s “pioneering work
in developing a novel class of sensors for
molecular recognition using nanomechanical sensor platforms.” One of his cited
concepts uses microcantilever technology
to detect minute amounts of TNT, which
could be applied to both national security
missions and the reclamation of former
battlefields and war zones. Congrats!
sunlight — it has achieved a 40. 7
percent conversion efficiency, said to
be a new world’s record for terrestrial
cells. The claim was verified by the US
Department of Energy’s National
Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
These cells use essentially the
same technology as the company’s
space-based cells, so they can be
manufactured in high volumes within a
reasonable period of time. Researcher
Dr. Richard R. King commented,
“These results are particularly encouraging, since they were achieved using
a new class of metamorphic semiconductor materials, allowing much
greater freedom in multijunction cell
design for optimal conversion of the
solar spectrum. The excellent performance of these materials hints at still
higher efficiency in future solar cells.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LIBRARY.
■ ORNL’s Thomas Thundat.
■ A technician at Spectrolab examines
an earlier version of the concentrator receiver assembly containing the solar cells.
A triple-junction terrestrial concentrator
solar cell is shown in the inset photo.
PHOTO COUR TES Y OF SPEC TROLAB, SUBSIDIARY OF BOEING.
Spectrolab’s terrestrial concentrator
cells are already generating power in a
33-kilowatt full-scale concentrator system in the Australian desert. The company recently signed multimillion dollar
contracts for its high efficiency concentrator cells and is anticipating several
new contracts in the next few months.
Representing another step forward
in solar cell technology, Spectrolab,
announced that — using concentrated
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