Generating steam from sunlight.
Researchers have demonstrated that sunlight, concentrated on nanoparticles, can produce steam with high energy efficiency. The "solar steam device" is intended to be used in areas of developing countries without electricity for applications such as purifying water or disinfecting dental instruments.
Producing high efficiency light bulbs.
A nano-engineered polymer matrix is used in a new style of high efficiency light bulbs. The bulbs produce white light, similar to sunlight and can be made in any shape. The new bulbs have the advantage of being shatterproof and twice the efficiency of compact fluorescence light bulbs.