Latest in Science

Image credit:

Notre Dame heralds paint-on solar cells, wants to smear your home with its goop (video)

Zachary Lutz
12.25.11
57 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Leave it to the Fighting Irish to take a stab at solving the world's energy woes. Notre Dame researchers have successfully developed solar cells that can be easily painted on to any conductive surface. Imagine, for a moment, applying this solution to your home rather than attaching solar panels to the roof. The paint mixture incorporates quantum dots of titanium dioxide, which is then coated with either cadmium sulfide or cadmium selenide, and is then suspended in mixture of water and alcohol to create a spreadable compound that's capable of generating electricity. While its efficiency isn't currently much to crow home about -- which hovers around one-percent -- scientists are now actively pursuing ways to improve this aspect while making a more stable compound. Most importantly, the paint can be made cheaply and in large quantities, which suggests that even if efficiency remains in the doldrums, it may be a very worthwhile pursuit. Touchdown Jesus is already watching the video after the break.



All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
57 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
TiVo's 'free' streaming service starts rolling out

TiVo's 'free' streaming service starts rolling out

View
NASA demos spacesuits for its Moon and Mars missions

NASA demos spacesuits for its Moon and Mars missions

View
Sony’s 360 Reality Audio launches this fall with 1,000 tracks

Sony’s 360 Reality Audio launches this fall with 1,000 tracks

View
Google's Daydream VR experiment is over

Google's Daydream VR experiment is over

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr