small plans: nanotechnology for the building industry

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Solar-collecting plastic to wrap or paint on structures

Imagine being able to paint your roof with enough alternative energy to heat and cool your home. While traditional solar panels are made of silicon, which is expensive, brittle and shatters like glass, organic solar cells being developed by a team of scientists from New Mexico State University and Wake Forest University are made of plastic that is relatively inexpensive, flexible, can be wrapped around structures or even applied like paint, said physicist Seamus Curran, head of the nanotechnology laboratory at NMSU. more . . .