popping up everywhere. From the recent pages of the Journal of Materials
Chemistry, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry at
comes the idea of painting or printing
solar cells. Yup, researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
are claiming to have created a solar cell from a polymer that is cheap and can
be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets.
They are predicting that one day people will simply be able to print sheets of
these solar cells with inkjet printers, then pop the finished product on a
wall, roof or billboard and hey presto – Power to the people!
It all hinges on combining carbon
nanotubes with fullerenes to make snake-like structures. The fullerenes, or
tiny carbon Buckyballs, trap electrons. Sunlight excites the polymers, making
the fullerenes seize the electrons. The nanotubes can then conduct the electron
This will solve the current costly process of installing renewable energy.