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Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics publication snapshot 2012

Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics
Sandia developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that could revolutionize solar energy collection. The crystalline silicon micro-PV cells will be cheaper and have greater efficiencies than current PV collectors. Micro-PV cells require relatively little material to form well-controlled, highly efficient devices. Cell fabrication uses common microelectronic and micro-electromechanical systems techniques. They are 10 times thinner than conventional cells, yet perform at about the same efficiency.
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Neutristor publication snapshot 2012

The Neutristor is an ultra-compact, disposable, neutron generator 1,000 times smaller than the closest competitor, for use in energy exploration, and medical applications.
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Sandia Digital Microfluidic Hub publication snapshot 2012

Sandia Digital Microfluidic Hub
The Sandia Digital Microfluidic Hub — a droplet-handling router — enables the interconnection of diverse processing and analysis modules to automate complex microliter-scale molecular biology sample-preparation protocols.
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Sandia Cooler publication snapshot 2012

Sandia Cooler
The Sandia Cooler is 30-times more efficient than conventional air-cooled heat exchangers and is available for licensing to electronics and solid state lighting cooling manufacturers.
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