Friday, October 20, 2006

ANU Ranked 16th in the World!

The London newspaper, The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) ranks the top twenty universities in the world and ANU is number sixteen!

Guess I made a good choice! The full list is available here....

One really cool thing that's happening here right now is coming out of the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems where they've developed a new type of solar cell called the "Sliver Cell" which uses dramatically less silicon (2 wafers to produce 140 watts of power as opposed to the 60 needed in conventional solar panel). As silicon is the most expensive component of solar panels, this could make them much more affordable. New applications could also include:
  • Transparent Sliver Cell panes to replace building windows
  • Flexible, roll-up solar panels
  • Solar powered aircraft, satellite and surveillance systems

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