25 Jul '12, 2pm

Clear Solar Film Means Power From Windows for IPads, UCLA Says

Clear Solar Film Means Power From Windows for IPads, UCLA Says

The film is suitable for windows in highrise buildings, car sunroofs and consumer electronics such as the back of Apple Inc.’s iPad, Yang Yang, a professor at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, said in an interview yesterday. The film may eventually be sprayed on to surfaces, a low- cost process that would bring cheap solar energy to a broad range of new products, he said. This technique would make solar systems easier to install than the rigid panels made from polysilicon or thin films that are the industry’s standard product now. “It’s my dream that everyone’s window can be a solar panel in the future,” said Yang. “It could be potentially very cheap.” The team’s polymer solar cell converts infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye, into an electrical current. The technology uses silver nanowires about 0.1 microns thick, about one-thousandth the width of a...

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