David Kirkpatrick

October 9, 2008

Solar done thin, flexible and silicon

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:18 pm

Seems like solar is a very exciting industry right now.

Here’s the latest from Technology Review:

Conventional solar cells are bulky and rigid, but building lightweight, flexible cells has come with trade-offs in efficiency and robustness. A new method for making flexible arrays of tiny silicon solar cells could produce devices that don’t suffer these trade-offs. Arrays of these microcells are as efficient as conventional solar panels and may be cheaper to manufacture because they use significantly less silicon. The tiny solar cells could be incorporated into, among other applications, window tinting, and they might be used to power a car’s air conditioner and GPS.

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