Making solar cells from plastic is a very good idea. Plastic is cheap, right? So, maybe if we can make solar cells out of plastic, they will be cheap too.
Well, that's certainly the idea. Which is why we're so excited that a team at UC Santa Barbara recently created a new kind of plastic solar cell that has a 6% efficiency, and could be as efficient as 10% in the near future.
Now these are significantly less efficient than silicon or thin film solar cells, but they are also orders of magnitude cheaper. Scientists say they expect to be marketing the technology in by 2015 and the cells will produce electricity at roughly ten cents per watt, cheap enough to be competitive with coal.
That's Only Part Of The Problem
written by Mike@HCVN, July 18, 2007
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