Sandia has introduced glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that may open the field of microsolar arrays to new applications. The tiny solar particles, fabricated of crystalline silicon, are easy to manufacture with current tooling and the small size of the cells makes them easy to place on curved and flexible surfaces, like clothing.
A number of technical considerations should prove that the microsolar cells are more efficient and less expensive than currently used technology. All of this is good news for an energy-hungry planet in need of green solutions.
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