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MAY 2021 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 65 cludes a multitude of hard and so skills, or a small and pointed collection of techni- cal skills for a set purpose—you will begin to see a difference immediately. Employees be- ing trained are most oen highly engaged. ey can't help but find ways to apply it to their daily activities. If the training being delivered was appropriately picked, it will be immediately applicable. Blackfox's training clients have reported that they rapidly see an increase in engagement with students dis- cussing the materials, and an overall increase in morale among the students receiving the training. Similarly, I have gotten personal feedback from students that they like how di- gestible the content can be, and it allows them to immediately apply it to their job. ey also say that it spurs them on to do additional self- appointed research into the topics they are studying. Conclusion A document from Honeywell lists the 10 steps to improve operational efficiency [2] , and there is a reason why "Train, train, and train again" is step 2. e immediate operational impact and the countless additional benefits that come from a well-implemented training program will pay dividends back into your company quarter aer quarter, year aer year. Make training inte- gral to your healthy corporate culture and your bottom line will thank you for it. PCB007 References 1. How Employee Training Boosts On-the-Job Productivity, March 2016, blog.schoox.com. 2. 10 Steps to Improve Operational Efficiency, August 2019, Honeywell.com. Jahr Turchan is director of Veteran Services and Advanced Manufacturing Programs at Blackfox Training Institute. Australian photovoltaics researchers have made a 'cool' discovery: Singlet fission and tandem solar cells—two innovative ways to generate solar power more efficiently—also help to lower operating tem- peratures and keep devices running for longer. Tandem cells can be made from a combination of silicon—the most commonly used photovoltaics ma- terial—and new compounds like perovskite nano- crystals, which can have a larger bandgap than sili- con and help the device to capture more of the so- lar spectrum for energy generation. Singlet fission, meanwhile, is a technique that produces twice the electronic charge carriers than normal for each photon of light that's absorbed. Tet- racene is used in these devices to trans- fer the energy generated by singlet fission into silicon. Scientists and engineers around the world are working on the best way to in- corporate tandem cells and singlet fission processes into commercially viable de- vices that can take over from convention- al, single junction silicon solar cells com- monly found on rooftops and in large-scale arrays. Now, work conducted by the School of Photo- voltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, both based at UNSW in Sydney, has highlighted some key advantages to both tandem cells and sin- glet fission. The researchers showed that both silicon/ perovskite tandem cells and tetracene-based sin- glet fission cells will run at lower temperatures than conventional silicon devices. This will reduce the impact of damage from heat on the devices, ex- tending their lifespan and lowering the cost of the energy they produce. (Source: ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science) Chill Out: Advanced Solar Tech Runs Cooler, Lasts Longer

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