Monday, July 13, 2009

Nanopillar Solar Cells

From Technology Review:

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have made a new kind of solar cell by growing an array of upright nanoscale pillars on aluminum foil. They make bendable solar cells by encapsulating the entire cell inside a transparent, rubbery polymer. The design, the researchers suggest, could lead to solar cells that cost less than conventional silicon photovoltaics.

This is the type of renewable energy news I like to see. Scientists working to develop an affordable product with a lot of potential practical applications. Go, you treehuggers, go!

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