MIT has just unveiled a revolutionary method of creating paperthin solar panels. The technique prints an organic semiconductor material onto the paper using a process similar to that of an inkjet printer.The solar panels are so thin they can be stapled into place and the future applications are endless.
The new semiconductor-coated paper features carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. Which is not incredibly efficient, but the convenience and ease of production factors make up for this.
Unfortunately the solar panels are still in the research phase and making the paper solar panels a commercial product is still estimated to be about 10 years away.
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