Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Printed Power ???

Thought some of you might be interested in this:

As reported by ENgadget:

Researchers create printed solar cells

... a team in Japan has managed to create an inexpensive flexible cell that's as thin as a sheet of paper using what they describe as traditional printing techniques. The team, composed of researchers from Toin University in Yokohama and private firm Fujimori Kogyo, managed to eliminate the expensive silicon component of regular solar cells, reducing thickness to just .4mm (.015 inches), and allowing a factory to pump out reams of the material every month -- enough to generate 10 megawatts of juice. That's actually a fairly low estimate, as the cells are only at 6% efficiency right now, but we can imagine that number shooting upwards after they start shipping in February.

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This is very interesting. I would imagine that one day soon all surfaces of a computer (or electronics in general) will be able to charge and either fully power or greatly extend the life of the electronic devices.

I can see Apple jumping on a solar power bandwagon very soon.

Now, if the only the Amazon Kindle would have had something like this integrated into its shell, maybe it would be something other than an 80's looking calculator thingy you could read books on.


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