Stanford Researchers Develop Flexible Thin Film Solar Cell Stick-On Decals

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 24 2012 10:33 AM
One of the difficulties in using solar panels is that solar panels aren't exactly easy to install. Most are big, stiff, fragile, and inefficient. But now, engineers at Stanford have developed a peel-and-stick alternative that sounds more like a 3M Post-It note than a scientific invention. The goal was to create flexible, decal-like solar panels that could be placed on and peeled off like a Band-aid, so that you could place them on random windows and places where green energy is needed.


The new decals solve most of the issues that traditional solar panels presented, and while the technology is detailed in the via link, what you need to know is that this could pave the way for solar to be impactful in the mainstream. The real challenge will be scaling the peel-and-stick panels to larger sizes, potentially paving the way to place them on larger buildings where it can capture more sun, and in turn, more energy. And then, of course, scaling down to where these could be placed on smartphone cases in order to keep your phone juiced while you're out in the sun.
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JHooper replied on Mon, Dec 24 2012 10:55 AM

What link?

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RTietjens replied on Mon, Dec 24 2012 5:35 PM

I think Ray's been indulging in a little too much "Seasonal Cheer," if you know what I mean. ;-)

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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 24 2012 8:52 PM

The "Via" link on the bottom left of the post.

It says, "Physorg"

http://phys.org/news/2012-12-decal-like-application-thin-flexible-solar.html

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mhenriday replied on Tue, Dec 25 2012 10:34 AM

A very interesting development, with a good explanation in the PhysOrg article to which Ray, notwithstanding possible Christmas cheer, did indeed provide a link. Hope to soon see practical applications of this technology !...

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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Dec 25 2012 6:59 PM

This all sounds good, but lets remember why we don't use solar energy in every house.  They just flat out cost too much.  Hopefully they've found a way to make them not only post-it like but also cheap.

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mhenriday replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 6:56 AM

But making the cells mobile, flexible and able to adhere to almost any surface should in fact go a long way toward reducing installation costs, which, as I understand, represent no small part of total costs. This is exciting work !...

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