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Scientists Working on Solar Cells That Can Be Coated on Any Surface

Posted on the 22 February 2013 by Dailyfusion @dailyfusion
A close-up picture of a polymer solar cell developed by Jinsong Huang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The cell contains a layer of ultrathin ferroelectric polymer between the cathode and the semiconducting polymer, which increases the device's energy conversion efficiency. (Credit: Copyright: 2012 University of Nebraska Board of Regents; Photo credit: Craig Chandler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Wouldn’t it be convenient to be able to charge your phone, tablet or some other portable device automatically, every time you go into the sun? It may become possible in near future with the development of new organic polymer solar cells that can be coated on almost any surface—like, for instance, the surface of your clothes. With this technology you can just put your device in your pocket on a sunny day and don’t worry about charging it anymore. Read more »

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