All in the numbers?

Big data is a hot topic in the business press. Its promise of greater insights and efficiency, improved innovation and competiveness, not to mention income streams for the providers of data analytics tools are a rich source of discussion. Several recent developments indicate the power of using data analysis and statistics effectively to reach conclusions, and we almost certainly ‘ain’t seen nothing yet’ as big data techniques emerge. However, statistics do not necessarily tell the whole story and are open to radically different interpretations. That said, the power of numbers and modelling is rising.
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Bringing power to the people — and heat as well

In some isolated clinics in parts of Africa, the electricity needed to power lights and medical devices is generated by expensive imported diesel fuel; the water supply can be so cold in winter that health workers can’t even wash their hands properly. But a startup company established by a team of MIT students and alumni aims to change that.
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Solar power from plastic foils

(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) KIT intensifies printable organic solar cell research. A group of researchers headed by Dr. Alexander Colsmann at the Light Technology Institute will start work this month. The project is scheduled for a duration of four years and aims at enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells to more than 10 percent. For this purpose, the researchers use tandem architectures combining solar cells of complementary absorption spectra. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has granted funding of €4.25 million.
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Solar power from plastic foils

Organic photovoltaics: Group of KIT researchers is granted funding in the amount of €4.25 million

KIT intensifies printable organic solar cell research. A group of researchers headed by Dr. Alexander Colsmann at the Light Technology Institute (LTI) will start work this month. The project is scheduled for a duration of four years and aims at enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells to more than 10%. For this purpose, the researchers use tandem architectures combining solar cells of complementary absorption spectra. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has granted funding of EUR 4.25 million. Read more

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Artificial Photosynthesis Powering Up

Photosynthesis is ubiquitous, but not easy – for humans. Although plants do it, humans find it more of a challenge: but we are making progress on a number of fronts. The potential long term is almost limitless supplies of low carbon energy; clean fuels for cars, planes and ships; and fundamental change to the nature of the global economy.
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Marine energy doubled by predicting wave power

The energy generated from our oceans could be doubled using new methods for predicting wave power. Research led by the University of Exeter, published (27 June) in the journal Renewable Energy, could pave the way for significant advancements in marine renewable energy, making it a more viable source of power.
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