Wave of the future? People as walking solar panels
December 22, 2009
REAP Note: It’s not possible to keep up with all the technology development in solar, wind, tidal, biomass. Here’s a pretty cool one from Sandia National Laboratories.
Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. The tiny cells could turn a person into a walking solar battery charger if they were fastened to flexible substrates molded around unusual shapes, such as clothing.The solar particles, fabricated of crystalline silicon, hold the potential for a variety of new applications. They are expected eventually to be less expensive and have greater efficiencies than current photovoltaic collectors that are pieced together with 6-inch- square solar wafers. Read more