29 May '12, 8am

Solar Paint on Steel Could Generate Renewable Energy Soon #solar #foodfor...

Solar Paint on Steel Could Generate Renewable Energy Soon #solar #foodfor...

A laboratory built to develop the new solar technology that replicates plant's photosynthesis is due to start work on October 30th in Shotton, North Wales. "If the solar cell paint can be successfully brought to the market, it could spell big changes when it comes to the future production of electricity," said Steve Fisher, spokesperson of the Corus Group , the Anglo-Dutch steel manufacturing group that is believed to be pouring tens of millions of euros into the venture. The photovoltaic paint is made up of a layer of dye and a layer of electrolytes and can be applied as a liquid paste. Altogether, the sheets of steel get four coats of solar paint — an undercoat, a layer of dye-sensitized solar cells, a layer of electrolyte or titanium dioxide as white paint pigment and, finally, a protective film. The paste is applied to steel sheets when they are passed through the roll...

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