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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The spray that turns windows into solar panels



Source: Gizmag, Geek With Laptop
http://www.gizmag.com/thin-film-turns-windows-into-solar-panels/16058/
http://www.geekwithlaptop.com/ensol-demos-spray-on-solar-technology

A Norwegian company by the name of Ensol is developing a spray that can be applied to windows and effectively turns them into solar panels producing about 2w of power. Essentially it consists of minute nanoparticles of metal embedded in a transparent matrix. The spray is being developed in conjunction with the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy. Chris Binn's, Professor of Nanotechnology at Leicester says that the thin-film spray can also be applied to structural surfaces such as clip-together panels or even roof tiles. Ensol hopes to achieve an efficiency of around 20% and be able to offer the spray on the renewables market by 2016.

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