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Paint makes inexpensive solar power

Researchers at the NJIT (NewJersey Institute of Technology) have created a polymer-based paint thatcan be applied to plastic sheeting to make a solar cell for what theyclaim will be a fraction of the price. The cell developed uses a carbonnanotubes complex which is estimated to be 50,000 times smaller than ahuman hair and is considered a better conductor than copper. Leadresearcher Somenath Mitra says that the panels could be made on inkjetprinters in the future, leading us to believe that possibilities of ourhouse and car becoming self-sustaining solar powered machines is not sovery far away.

Source: njit.eduAdded: 24 September 2007