Gallery: Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snow...

 

As snowstorms sweep the country, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are warming up our winter blues with the creation of these gorgeous snowflake-shaped photovoltaic cells. The glitter-sized solar sequins are made from crystalline silicon and use 100 times less material to generate the same amount of electricity as standard solar cells made from 6-inch square solar wafers. Perfect for soaking up the sun’s rays on unusual shapes and surfaces, the solar cells are expected to be less expensive, more efficient, and have promising applications in textiles and clothing.

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  1. Inspiring Green Technol... September 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    […] is no better example of how we can use technology to create a brighter future than using photovoltaics to help the blind see. Researchers at Stanford University recently developed a new artificial […]

  2. allesg December 31, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Easily wired – not a problem at all. It’s really nice to see the size reduction improvements after so many years
    of older technology.

  3. etudiant December 24, 2009 at 10:32 am

    nice technology but no indication of how it can be wired up, which is the real hurdle for this kind of distributed solar collector.

  4. Kirsten Corsaro December 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    This is great technology. I wonder how soon it will be commercially available.

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