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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Nanotechnology center makes flexible solar cell breakthrough

Researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials are working to create flexible, or “conformal,” organic solar cells that can be wrapped around surfaces, rolled up or even painted onto structures. “Imagine a group of hikers with a tent that, when you unrolled the tent and put it up, could generate its own power," said David Carroll, the center’s director. "Imagine if the paint on your car that is getting hot in the sun was instead converting part of that heat to recharge your battery.” more @