Who knew that solar cells could be woven into fabric of a winter coat? When converted to heat currents, that makes a day in sub-zero temperatures a little more toasty. But a new process has the possibility of making organic solar cells more flexible, as part of the fabric itself, in other words, solar textiles. PNM reporter Lincoln Tice talks with Trisha Andrew, one-time professor at UW-Madison, but now at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her team has developed a process of making organic solar cells from, literally, blue car paint. This new technology is non-metallic and nano-thin. Just imagine solar cell-laced window curtains that can heat, or cool, your house.
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