Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!

" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions

I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people

" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry

Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot.  They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production.  Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues.  And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!

" Brett Spencer-Producer,

You guys are the BEST!

" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI

King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!

" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles

The drivers were awesome to be with.  Hard working drivers!!   It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down.  Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time.  They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!

" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions
Thanks again for helping out with our party. The restrooms worked out great and the service was awesome as usual!
" Steve Brazeel

Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!

" Amanda – Producer

You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us.

" Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor
King Kong has the best equipment & drivers in the biz.
" Tom Baker – gangboss

I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.

Thanks for everything guys!

" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator

…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!

" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator

The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space.

" Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O

We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time.  It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho.

" Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films

King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure.

" Cat Burkley-Portfolio One

We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!

" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor

North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now.  Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions.

" Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6

Thinnest light absorber yet could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar cells

Thinnest light absorber yet could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar cells

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SUMMARY:Stanford researchers found gold nanoparticles 14 nanometers tall can absorb 93 percent of reddish-orange light, making them an interesting candidate for use in solar cells.

Gold may not seem like the best material to use to reduce costs, but scientists think it could help produce the most affordable solar cells yet. Stanford University researchers announced Thursday that they used minute globs of gold to create the thinnest light absorbers ever. Solar cells made with the gold nanodots would require much less material, potentially making them cheaper.

The researchers coated wafers with 520 billion gold nanodots per square inch in a honeycomb-like pattern. The dots measured 14 nanometers tall and 17 nanometers wide — thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper, though still thicker than graphene. They coated different sets of nanodots with tin sulfide, zinc oxide and aluminum oxide to test their properties.

The wafer, dots and coating combined to create a light absorber 1,000 times thinner than commercially available options. The previous record was three times thicker.

These three gold nanodots each measure in at about 14 nanometers wide and 17 nanometers tall.

These three gold nanodots each measure in at about 17 nanometers wide and 14 nanometers tall.

“It’s a very attractive technique, because you can coat the particles uniformly and control the thickness of the film down to the atomic level,” study lead Carl Hagglund said in a release. “That allowed us to tune the system simply by changing the thickness of the coating around the dots.”

They modified the thickness so that the wafer and nanodots would best absorb reddish-orange light. The wafers absorbed 99 percent of the light, while the dots absorbed 93 percent.

“Much like a guitar string, which has a resonance frequency that changes when you tune it, metal particles have a resonance frequency that can be fine-tuned to absorb a particular wavelength of light,” Hagglund said. “We tuned the optical properties of our system to maximize the light absorption.”

Many materials are capable of absorbing 90 percent or more of certain light wavelengths, or colors. When they are incorporated into a solar cell, the total efficiency drops. The best commercial cells out there right now hit about 15 to 20 percent efficiency. Better options could be on their way.

Ideally, a solar cell would be able to absorb all visible light, instead of just certain wavelengths. The researchers have not shown how that can be done with gold nanodots, but they plan to go ahead and demonstrate that they work in actual solar cells. They also plan to look into different nanodot materials, including silver, which is less expensive and a better absorber. They are using gold for now because it is more stable.

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