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Paintable solar cells?

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Date: Jul 20, 2007 - 08:32 AM
Here's an interesting concept - solar power that can be painted or printed.

Mitra and his research team took the carbon nanotubes and combined them with tiny carbon Buckyballs (known as fullerenes) to form snake-like structures. Buckyballs trap electrons, although they can't make electrons flow. Add sunlight to excite the polymers, and the buckyballs will grab the electrons. Nanotubes, behaving like copper wires, will then be able to make the electrons or current flow.
Interesting concept - though the efficiency may be of concern.



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