Solar paint coming soon?

I wrote previously about the inefficiency of traditional silicon solar panels, and the need for radical innovation to transform the industry, probably in the form of printable or spray-on nanotech photo-voltaic compounds. This item shows we are moving in that direction, at least in the labs:

Spray on Solar Uses Buckyballs
“Somenath Mitra, PhD of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has developed an inexpensive solar material that can be sprayed on surfaces or printed on plastic with an ink jet printer. The process is simple, said Mitra, Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations. Well…if he says so! Though I don’t want to think about how much an ink cartridge of fullerene is going to cost us.”
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courtesy of Trends

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One Response to “Solar paint coming soon?”

  1. solarpanel Says:

    Yeah, nano technology and solar power – our future!

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