Sunday, January 25, 2009

Plastic Solar Cells Could Change Future

Plastic Solar Cells Could Change Future

Solarmer Energy Inc. is currently working on plastic solar cells that will see action in portable electronic devices if it takes off successfully. A prototype has already seen action, with a cell measuring eight square inches (50 square centimeters) that can hit 8% efficiency with a lifetime of three years at the very least. This plastic solar cell relies on a new semiconducting material known as PTB1 and will convert sunlight into electricity just like your standard solar cell. It will take much more engineering work to turn it into a viable commercial product, but we believe once that is achieved, the costs of solar power panels will drop drastically and there will be a new breed of devices that no longer require batteries as juice stored from the sun throughout the day is more than enough to keep the device running till dawn breaks.

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