Friday, February 27, 2015

Printed solar cells poised for a breakthrough

Aditya Mohite, left, and Wanyi Nie. LANL photo

Aditya Mohite and his team at the US Los Alamos National Laboratory published in Science a method of maximising grain size. By slowing the speed freshly applied perovskite dries, Mohite could grow grains up to two millimetres across, 100 times larger than normal. “This grain size is quite stunning,” says Klaus Weber, photovoltaics expert at the Australian National University.

To be truly competitive with silicon solar cells, printable perovskite solar cells would need around 25% efficiency, says Mohite, adding this should be achievable in three to five years. (Full Story)

LANL unveils detection technology collaboration project

Scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last week unveiled a collaborative project aimed at enhancing detection capabilities of explosives.

The Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED) online website serves as a information hub for the latest technology innovation and education in the detection field. The site has been active since January. (Full Story)

A new Trinity at Los Alamos

Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories took possession of the initial hardware for the Trinity exascale supercomputer project that will run extremely complex nuclear simulations for the NNSA.

NNSA manages the Trinity joint effort as part of the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program. The agency said Trinity will be used by Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia and will be optimized to run the largest and most demanding nuclear weapons simulations without having to resort to physical underground testing. (Full Story)

Venture Acceleration Fund awards spur investment in Northern New Mexico

The VAF has become a very important and popular economic development resource and we expect that this year will be our most competitive to date for businesses submitting proposals,” said Kurt Steinhaus of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office. “We are looking forward to reviewing proposals from New Mexico entrepreneurs and doing all we can through the program to strengthen the regional economy.” (Full Story)

Also from the Daily Post

Guest Column: New Emphasis On Industry Partnerships At Los Alamos

David Pesiri, LANL photo

On all levels, Los Alamos National Laboratory is being asked to move the needle on issues of domestic and global security, advancing the scientific enterprise on energy concerns, and effective leveraging of the latest technologies and capabilities to bolster US industry and, ultimately, the US economy.

This is our charge by the public trust, a duty to both country and the world community. To create significant impact demands a new way of thinking about how the Lab engages industry in partnership to produce phenomenal outcomes. (Full Story)

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