Saturday, June 7, 2008

Solar Plant generates Power

With energy costs rising like nobody's business all over the world, a Japanese institute has managed to develop a working prototype of a foliage plant-like solar cell module thanks to organic thin-film solar cells. This leaf-like module will feature bright green solar cells developed by National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Mitsubishi Corp and Tokki Corp. They are made up of a plastic substrate, phthalocyanine layer, and fullerene layer among other materials, capable of harnessing the power of the sun in order to juice up whatever thirsty appliance you have. Each module has also been sealed with an extremely thin protective film to prevent the entry of water and oxygen. Would be nice to see such thin solar cells make their way in walls, windows, and even clothing of the future.

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