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SUBCOMMITTE EXAMINES BREAKTHROUGH NANOTECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICA

Chairman Terry: “Nanotech is a true science race between the nations, and we should be encouraging the transition from research breakthroughs to commercial development.”

WASHINGTON, DCThe Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), today held a hearing on:

“Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation.”

 

 

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Subcommittee Examines Breakthrough Nanotechnology Opportunities for America


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July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, DCThe Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), today held a hearing on “Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation.” Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is approximately 1 to 100 nanometers (one nanometer is a billionth of a meter). This technology brings great opportunities to advance a broad range of industries, bolster our U.S. economy, and create new manufacturing jobs. Members heard from several nanotech industry leaders about the current state of nanotechnology and the direction that it is headed.UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - New $5 million lab

“Just as electricity, telecommunications, and the combustion engine fundamentally altered American economics in the ‘second industrial revolution,’ nanotechnology is poised to drive the next surge of economic growth across all sectors,” said Chairman Terry.

 

 

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Dr. Christian Binek, Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explained the potential of nanotechnology to transform a range of industries, stating, “Virtually all of the national and global challenges can at least in part be addressed by advances in nanotechnology. Although the boundary between science and fiction is blurry, it appears reasonable to predict that the transformative power of nanotechnology can rival the industrial revolution. Nanotechnology is expected to make major contributions in fields such as; information technology, medical applications, energy, water supply with strong correlation to the energy problem, smart materials, and manufacturing. It is perhaps one of the major transformative powers of nanotechnology that many of these traditionally separated fields will merge.”

Dr. James M. Tour at the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University encouraged steps to help the U.S better compete with markets abroad. “The situation has become untenable. Not only are our best and brightest international students returning to their home countries upon graduation, taking our advanced technology expertise with them, but our top professors also are moving abroad in order to keep their programs funded,” said Tour. “This is an issue for Congress to explore further, working with industry, tax experts, and universities to design an effective incentive structure that will increase industry support for research and development – especially as it relates to nanotechnology. This is a win-win for all parties.”

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Professor Milan Mrksich of Northwestern University discussed the economic opportunities of nanotechnology, and obstacles to realizing these benefits. He explained, “Nanotechnology is a broad-based field that, unlike traditional disciplines, engages the entire scientific and engineering enterprise and that promises new technologies across these fields. … Current challenges to realizing the broader economic promise of the nanotechnology industry include the development of strategies to ensure the continued investment in fundamental research, to increase the fraction of these discoveries that are translated to technology companies, to have effective regulations on nanomaterials, to efficiently process and protect intellectual property to ensure that within the global landscape, the United States remains the leader in realizing the economic benefits of the nanotechnology industry.”

James Phillips, Chairman & CEO at NanoMech, Inc., added, “It’s time for America to lead. … We must capitalize immediately on our great University system, our National Labs, and tremendous agencies like the National Science Foundation, to be sure this unique and best in class innovation ecosystem, is organized in a way that promotes nanotechnology, tech transfer and commercialization in dramatic and laser focused ways so that we capture the best ideas into patents quickly, that are easily transferred into our capitalistic economy so that our nation’s best ideas and inventions are never left stranded, but instead accelerated to market at the speed of innovation so that we build good jobs and improve the quality of life and security for our citizens faster and better than any other country on our planet.”

Chairman Terry concluded, “Nanotech is a true science race between the nations, and we should be encouraging the transition from research breakthroughs to commercial development. I believe the U.S. should excel in this area.”

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Magnolia Solar Is Using Nanotechnology to Develop High-Efficiency Thin Film Solar Cells


QDOT images 6Magnolia Solar Corporation announced that it is pioneering the application of nanotechnology for both flexible CIGS and III-V solar cells in order to boost performance and lower costs. Magnolia Solar has developednanostructured optical coatings that can minimize reflection losses and enhance light trapping when applied to the surface of either CIGS or III-V solar cells. 

Magnolia Solar is also developing the technology to apply novel nanostructured designs to the absorber layer of high-performance III-V and CIGS solar cells in order to reduce recombination losses and increase the capture of low-energy photons.

Dr. Roger Welser, Magnolia Solar Chief Technical Officer (CTO), further stated, “Photovoltaic (PV) devices can provide a mobile source of electrical power for a wide variety of applications in both space and terrestrial environments. Many of these mobile and portable power applications can directly benefit from the development of flexible, lightweight, high-efficiency solar cells. Emerging technical approaches for achieving flexible photovoltaic power include the growth of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) cells on flexible substrates and the epitaxial liftoff (ELO) of III-V devices onto thin metal film.”

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Dr. Yash R. Puri, Executive Vice-President of Magnolia Solar Corporation, attended the Intersolar Energy Conference in San Francisco (July 6-10) to explore commercialization of the patent pending nanostructure-based coating technology for enhanced power output from solar panels. Dr. Puri stated, “This conference provides a forum to speak with leaders from many potential partner companies to explore commercialization of our technology to further enhance the power output of the solar panels.”

Dr. Ashok K. Sood, President and CEO of Magnolia Solar Corporation stated, “We are delighted to work very closely with the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) institution, and our office in the Albany NanoTech complex allows our technical staff to work very closely with top researchers at the CNSE/SUNYIT facilities which have directly led to innovative patent pending designs using nanotechnology. This is helping us to meet our goals of high-efficiency thin film solar cells.”

“In support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy-based vision for New York State and in furtherance of his NY-SUN initiative, we are thrilled that New York is fast becoming the epicenter for solar power research, development, and commercialization, as companies like Magnolia Solar continue to leverage SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT’s state-of-the-art, statewide resources that are providing a unique, cost-effective platform for the development of next-generation technologies,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Vice President of Entrepreneurship Innovation and Clean Energy Programs at the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT institution; Director of the SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC); Executive Director of New Energy New York (NENY); and Chief Operating and Technology Officer of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC).
About Magnolia Solar Corporation
Based in Albany, NY and Woburn MA, Magnolia Solar was founded in 2008 to develop and commercialize revolutionary flexible thin-film solar cell technologies that employ nanostructured materials and designs. Both higher current and higher voltage outputs are expected from thin-film solar cells that combine Magnolia’s exclusive material structures with advanced optical coatings. Magnolia’s patent pending technology has the ability to capture a larger part of the solar spectrum to enable high efficiency solar cells and incorporates a unique nanostructure-based antireflection coating technology to further increase solar cell efficiency, thereby reducing the cost per watt. The company is targeting a variety of civilian and defense applications for its photovoltaic solar cells. Magnolia’s solar cell technology can be used to generate power for existing electrical grids and is particularly well-suited for distributed and portable power generation applications. http://www.MagnoliaSolar.com
Source: Magnolia Solar (press release)

 

New York/ NYC Invests $135 MIllion for Nanotech with General Electric


 

 

NY Invests 628x471NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is teaming with General Electric Co. and other companies on a $500 million initiative to spur high-tech manufacturing of miniature electronics, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt announced Tuesday.

The state will invest $135 million for the collaborative program, which will be based out of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE and other companies will contribute the remaining $365 million.

The work will focus on the development of new, smaller semiconductors for computers and technology used in many industries, including solar power, health care and aviation.

Immelt said small, powerful semiconductors will be one of a handful of technologies that “are going to define the next 20 or 30 years globally.”

“This is going to be at the hub of creating jobs and industries in the future,” he said at Tuesday’s announcement, held at a GE research office.

The public-private partnership, known as the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, will allow private companies to use the facilities at the state’s nanotech campus in Albany. University researchers from around the state will also participate.

The idea is to use the state’s nanotech facility to attract researchers and private companies to create a high-tech cluster in New York state.

“The businesses come for the facility and the equipment and the research and the businesses stay for the cluster of the companies that are all working on the project,” Cuomo said. “The state finances the magnet that attracts the companies.”

GE’s work will focus on developing low-cost silicon carbide wafers, which are more efficient and powerful than traditional silicon chips. That means devices can be smaller and lighter than standard devices that use silicon.

 

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt listen to a speaker during an economic development news conference at GE Global Research on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Niskayuna, N.Y. Cuomo joined Immelt Tuesday at the GE research office to announce that New York state is teaming with General Electric and other companies on a $500 million initiative designed to spur research and development in miniature electronic components. Photo: Mike Groll, AP