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Researchers Develop Thin Solar Film for Mobile Devices, Windows
8/15/2013

UCLA researchers have developed photovoltaic cells with twice the energy-harvesting capacity of cells they developed in 2012. The cells, which can be processed to be transparent or in shades ranging from light green to brown, could be used to turn building windows, smartphone screens, car sunroofs, and other surfaces into sources of solar energy.  (Source: UCLA)
UCLA researchers have developed photovoltaic cells with twice the energy-harvesting capacity of cells they developed in 2012. The cells, which can be processed to be transparent or in shades ranging from light green to brown, could be used to turn building windows, smartphone screens, car sunroofs, and other surfaces into sources of solar energy.
(Source: UCLA)

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Mydesign
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Mydesign   8/29/2013 2:56:06 AM
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"true that there should be a way of storing the power. I believe that that will be a part of the hand bag or it will be able to plug to the laptop or the phone when we carry those with us."

Pubudu, no doubt, one day that will also happen. But I would like to see something think thin PV films, which can stick over any surface t power the hand held devices.



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Elizabeth M   8/27/2013 6:47:26 AM
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Exactly, MyDesign. Energy-harvesting is really growing but it's not like it's suddenly going to replace batteries or traditional means of power. I think the research into both areas, as you point out, has to be on parallel tracks and I also think the two are complementary, not necessarily competitive, technologies. That's the case with some of the research, in which there is a harvester that does some of the work while batteries do the rest.

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Mydesign   8/27/2013 1:05:37 AM
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"I think the demand for energy is growing at too fast a pace for typical means to constantly support it. Still, innovations in new battery designs also will keep batteries in play for the forseeable future."

Elizabeth, you are right. when new technologies are deriving for various applications from alternate energy sources are deriving,  similar inventions has to happen in preserving/storing that energy too. both has to be synchronized, otherwise we won't be able to derive the full benefit of new technology.

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Elizabeth M   8/26/2013 6:39:11 AM
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I agree, MyDesign, the way forward is to take the energy that can be generated from so many sources other than chemical-based batteries or electricial wires. I think the demand for energy is growing at too fast a pace for typical means to constantly support it. Still, innovations in new battery designs also will keep batteries in play for the forseeable future.

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Pubudu   8/24/2013 2:18:31 AM
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@Mydesign true that there should be a way of storing the power
I believe that that will be a part of the hand bag or it will be able to plug to the laptop or the phone when we carry those with us.

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mrdon   8/23/2013 6:11:45 PM
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Mydesign

Ok, its not the power storage capabilities of the battery but the ability to package it into a battery that is wearable and can be folded. Got it!

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Mydesign   8/23/2013 6:19:37 AM
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"Your correct. I was speaking on how regular batteries would not need replacing immediately because of the solar charging incorporated with the wearable device."

Mrdon, am not clear about it. Same battery can be use for storing both solar and electric energy. What I meant is about foldable and wearable batteries.

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Mydesign   8/23/2013 6:17:37 AM
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"I am imagining that one day one of these energy-harvesting systems will be strong enough to power a mobile phone, whether they harvest from solar, vibration, the heat of human touch--whatever! It seems like this technology is progressing quite fast so someone far more intelligent than me can come up with something soon."

Elizabeth, the seed is good and I think research community had start working on that. Alternate energy sources (solar, vibration, wind etc) are the only reliable energy source for future.

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Mydesign   8/23/2013 6:15:28 AM
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"I agree, that is a great idea, Mydesign, and it's probably not so far off in the future as we think. Wearable solar panels as well as energy-harvesting clothes are definitely the way of the future."

Elizabath, wearable solar panels also required some energy processing and storing mechanism. So you meant that such devices are also wearable.

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mrdon   8/22/2013 9:59:47 PM
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Pubudu,

Your correct. I was speaking on how regular batteries would not need replacing immediately because of the solar charging incorporated with the wearable device.

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