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Researchers create wearable ultra-thin solar cells thinner than spider silk

By Shawn Knight
Apr 5, 2012
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  1. A team of scientists from Austria and Japan have developed a solar cell that is thinner than a single thread of spider silk. The device unveiled Wednesday is about 1.9…

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,128   +731

    This sounds really cool, like putting it on the back of my cell phone to extend the battery. It really matters how much electricity it produces though. Even giant solar panels are very inefficient.

    When i was a kid I had a potato clock. You plugged electrodes into a potato, and something in there created enough power to run a digital clock. Cool, but not useful.
     
  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Think how cheap electricity will be when this comes out. If it stores it to a battery pack, everyone could be making cash from selling the electricity they generated that day.
     
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    Except, the sunnier it is the less clothes I wear...
     
  5. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Enthusiast Posts: 268   +77

    bald guys could put these on their heads and be roaming recharge outlets.. get a few fat guys to lay on the beach and you've got power for a radio and cooler..
     
  6. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 414   +42

    @Ranger12 +1 :)
     
  7. Timonius

    Timonius TS Booster Posts: 584   +33

    It's pretty sunny all year round where I live even when it's forty below ;)

    Anyways, looking forward to better technologies involving solar power, it's practically 'free' energy.
     
  8. cool ill sit in the sun all day to power my wheelchair to make a 100m trip home
     
  9. I've seen virtually the same article on other sites and they all credited the source: Agence France-Presse. I don't think it is right to change a few words here and there and then claim the article is yours. It doesn't do much for the credibility of this site.
     


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