Improving Buildings to Help Promote Environmental Awareness

One in every ten U.S. adults is obsessed with the newest technology craze, wearable tracking devices. Such devices allow clients to track their physical activity such as heart rate, calories burned and more.  This growing trend of collecting and analyzing data will be applied to buildings; resulting in smart buildings. These buildings will lower energy cost and promote environmental awareness.

The contribution of energy data in a building is vital; however, what is more significant is that portions of the building are data-specific. This will allow the building to be more efficient and the respective inhabitant will be able to see the impact of this decision on the building’s performance. Also, individuals will be able to compare their energy usage with that of their neighbors, recognizing a goal and pursuing it.  Now, as important as it is for one to have an individual goal, it is just as important for a building to have an energy efficiency goal. Participants can moderate how frequently a building is fully lit or naturally ventilated. From there, data can be analyzed and help future buildings cut energy costs and reduce carbon footprint.

Read more about Smart Buildings here

Obama Administration Aims to Make Solar Energy More Affordable To All

Although solar energy is economically friendly, Americans with lower incomes have difficulty in obtaining financial needs to accommodate their homes with solar installations. To help with this growing problem, President Obama issued a new initiative called the “community solar” projects. These projects will focus on providing cost effective energy to those living in apartments and government subsidized buildings. For example, one solar installation will be able to power various homes of low- and middle- income families.  The project also provides an installation of 300 megawatts, where one megawatt powers 164 homes. A great benefit from this project is lower electricity bills, giving low-income Americans a change for the better. 

President Obama’s new initiative will attract new investors and power companies to assist low- income communities. As of last week, SolarCity has announced its greatest community solar project for the Minneapolis-St. Paul district to provide 100 “solar gardens” that would generate energy for low-income families. Through this initiative, the solar energy workforce will increase and therefore open up new job opportunities for the unemployed. During his last term in office, President Obama wishes to advocate more initiatives that will continue to fight climate change.

Read more about this initiative here.

Dr. Yue Wu will be speaking at the Wearable and Flexible Technologies World 2015 on May 27-28 in Shanghai, China.


The 2nd Annual Wearable and Flexible Technologies World 2015 will take place in Shanghai, China from May 27-28, 2015 as part of the Future Life Show. The conference will feature many of the world’s leading specialists in wearable and flexible technology as well as showcase the latest progress in the field. With the development of cloud computing, smart sensors, flexible electronics, and all other supporting technologies, the future of wearable devices is extremely bright. The big platform will discuss the latest technologies, current challenges, various applications, and explain the big trends of the next decade. The organic electronics and organic photovoltaics industry will play an integral role in propelling the development of wearable technology.

Solarmer’s very own Dr. Yue Wu will be a keynote speaker at this incredible event. Dr. Wu is Solarmer Energy’s Vice President of Technology Development and has been working in the Organic Photovoltaic field for 12 years. He received his Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where his research focused on the investigation of excitonic states and magnetic properties of non-magnetic organic semiconductor devices such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells (OPVs). He will be discussing recent achievements here at Solarmer and how the organic electronics and more specifically, the organic photovoltaics industry can help spearhead the wearable technology movement.

Researchers in the OPV world have reached an overall solar cell efficiency of 10.8%. Through the material and methods used in creating this cell, Solarmer has created a 7.2% flexible cell with an output power of 10.8mW and a module performance of 6% with an output power of 290mW. The flexible cells are so stable in their performance that even after bending the cells over 50 times, the modules tested at the same level as before. These modules have an estimated lifetime of over 4 years.

The collaboration between the OPV industry and the flexible and wearable technology industry is one that can be beneficial for both fields. Although both fields are fairly new, there is a lot of potential in both industries.  Being able to utilize OPV in everyday applications like wearable technology will be one of many major ways to improve both of these emerging industries.


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Supercapacitors: Super-thin, Fast-charging Energy Storage Devices for the Future

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