Science Nation – Spray-On Solar

Chemical engineers at the University of Texas in Austin are researching new “spray-on” applications for photovoltaic panels. With support from the National Science Foundation, Brian Korgel and his team are testing out nanoparticle “inks” that are designed to be painted on rooftops or the sides of buildings. The technology is not yet at the same levels of efficiency as standard, commercial photovoltaic panels, but Korgel expects some commercial uses for his research within three to five years. And, because they are semi-transparent the new cells could allow windows to double as solar collection cells.

2 Responses to “Science Nation – Spray-On Solar”

  1. benoit August 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Great news, check out !

  2. Peter Rimmer August 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Slowly but surely we are beginning to get the technology around us that will from the foundation of a truly sustainable society. This kind of development is potentially exactly what we need.

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