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Overview of responses | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Overview of responses | Pew Internet & American Life Project | Forward March of Technology! | Scoop.it
Overview of responses | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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This survey conducted shows that the need for Social Media and general social relationships online are unlikely to recede, keeping the demand strong.

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Next Generation Solar Cells Made From Graphene -- One Photon Can Be Converted Into Multiple Electrons

Next Generation Solar Cells Made From Graphene -- One Photon Can Be Converted Into Multiple Electrons | Forward March of Technology! | Scoop.it

A new discovery by researchers at the ICFO has revealed that graphene is even more efficient at converting light into electricity than previously known. Graphene is capable of converting a single photon of light into multiple electrons able to drive electric current. The discovery is an important one for next-generation solar cells, as well as other light-detecting and light-harvesting technologies.

 

A paradigm shift in the materials industry is likely within the near-future as a variety of unique materials replaces those that we commonly use today, such as plastics. Among these new materials, graphene stands out. The single-atom-thick sheet of pure carbon has an enormous number of potential applications across a variety of fields. Its potential use in high-efficiency, flexible, and transparent solar cells is among the potential applications. Some of the other most discussed applications include: foldable batteries/cellphones/computers, extremely thin computers/displays, desalination and water purificationtechnology, fuel distillation, integrated circuits, single-molecule gas sensors, etc.


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Edward Miller's curator insight, March 20, 2013 10:00 PM

With this discovery of Graphene able to conduct electricity and convert light at an exorbitant rate, the future of Solar Energy seems bright.