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Nanotech solar power planned for rooftops, siding

A useful article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle by Paul Carlstrom — “As solar gets smaller, its future gets brighter: Nanotechnology could turn rooftops into a sea of power-generating stations” — describes the current state of near-term nanotech’s contribution to solar energy technologies. “With nanotechnology, tiny solar cells can be printed onto flexible, very thin light-retaining materials, bypassing the cost of silicon production…Each printed nanostructure solar cell would act as an autonomous solar collector, and sheets of these products would have more surface area to gather light than conventional photovoltaic cells…The companies envision mass production of flexible plastics that would conform to the shape and pitch of rooftops or would be imprinted onto building materials like tile and siding.” In the longer term, more-precise nanotech solar materials could be tough enough to use in paving roads.

8 Responses to “Nanotech solar power planned for rooftops, siding”

  1. John T. Lytle Says:

    Hi,

    Just to let you know I am offering my house for test purposes for the installation of nanotech solar!

    Thanks!

    John Lytle

  2. kenneth b braden Says:

    I am interested in material related to solar siding, and or solar roofing materials.

  3. Bob McMahon Says:

    OK, so maybe solar nanotech but how about utilizing nano for house siding where the side of the house becomes a work of art. Instead of the old wood like siding how about a Van Gough or a Cezzane etc.. Anyone working on this idea ,please let me know.

  4. Rebecca denna Says:

    I am very interested in nano solar – I am waiting for this technology to come to my home – is it available in any country yet? Count me in.

  5. cam trenor Says:

    When nano solar materials are on sale at the local hardware,

    there will be cause for optimism.

    Until then, most news is hyped so companies can raise captital.

    ct

  6. LARRY LESTER Says:

    WHEN WILL THIS TECHNOLOGY GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC. (HOMEOWNER)

  7. Simone Robson Says:

    DITTO WHEN WILL THIS TECHNOLOGY GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC. (HOMEOWNER)

  8. Nawawi Arie Says:

    What is the technology behind it? How it works? Any references? Please email me if you do have.. Thanks

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