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Green Up Your Home with a Solar Plant

A collaborative venture between Mitsubishi Corp., Tokki Corp. and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has given us an organic thin-film solar cell with a multitude of potential uses.

While only in the prototype stage at press time, the versatile, rugged solar cell module may find its first widespread use as an imitation houseplant that pumps out green energy while beautifying your décor.

Not only are the new solar cells thin and flexible, they're protected by a layer of clear plastic which gives them the ability to stand up to use in busy, high traffic environments like homes and offices.

"Bend me, shape me, any way you want me...""Bend me, shape me, any way you want me..."

They also have the potential to be used in building construction where instead of being applied to walls and windows, they would actually BE them! That's not all - consider the huge range of battery-powered toys, electronic devices, even clothing that could incorporate organic thin-film solar cells into their design.



As the main roadblocks to widespread use of solar cells have been fragility and practicality, organic thin-film solar cells could just be the alternative energy breakthrough many have been hoping for. (via Nikkei)

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Steve Levenstein
J A P A N O R A M A
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Comments
Jun 11, 2008
by Anonymous

Solar Cells

Just think how great it would be to plug your IPod into this and charge it using the sun. This is awesome. GO GREEN!!!

Jun 15, 2008
by Anonymous

innovation

i love it that japan would be one of the first to create products like this. simple to apply and use. wouldn't it be great if these could be stuck to the outside of buildings???