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"paint-on" solar cells

Posted by Happydude | Posted in Eco, Technology | Posted on 24-07-2007

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The quest to builder a cheaper solar cell continues , researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed a new type of solar cell that can be printed or painted onto flexible plastic sheets. Unlike traditional silicon cells, the print-on cells are composed of carbon nanotubes and buckyballs, which results in substantially cheaper manufacturing costs and greater efficiency, since apparently carbon nanotubes are terrific conductors.

This looks set to be an exciting development in new energy, lead researcher Somenath Mitra quite confidently proclaiming that “we’ll all soon be printing sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers”.

[Via Inhabitat]