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Cost of solar cells to be slashed

The cost of silicon wafers is set to be slashed following the development of a special manufacturing technique at the Germany Fraunhofer Institute, that does away with the need machine the material.

Silicon wafers are at the heart of solar cells, and global demand has risen sharply in recent years. However, a barrier for further uptake is cost. Manufacturing and material production are ...
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The aluminium industry and metal replacement

While many associate exotic materials with weight reduction, the aluminium industry is keen to remind engineers it is also part of the solution. Justin Cunningham reports.

The buzz word is metal replacement. Replacing those heavier older components with a plastic or composite is surely a logical exercise for anyone wanting to shed a few kg. Cars today, for example, are reportedly 50% ...
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Tyres that repair themselves

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, in Germany, have produced non-vulcanised tyre-grade rubber. The resulting material heals itself and could potentially withstand the ...  Watch Video

Disruptive tech is too slow

We are living in an age of ‘disruptive technologies’. At least that’s what everyone keeps ...  Read Blog Entry

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