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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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Debera Harward
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Re: Hey Eliza
Debera Harward   8/17/2013 4:15:53 AM
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Thanks Elizebeth for such an interesting post, I can see how much technology is advancing its really amazing that one can extend the battery of cellphone through solar panels , as mobile battery charging is  really  very big issue these days . If unfortunately one has to make an urgent call and battery gets discharged then you have to stop and charge the mobile phone however solar panels will extend the battery on go thats really great it wont waste ones time .

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taimoortariq   8/16/2013 5:47:29 PM
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spectacular Innovation, who would have ever imagined the solar cells to be transparent. Its a great advancement. The present problem, that many smart phones are facing is there short battery time. The amount of usage requires them to have a better battery time. If this solar film can increase the battery time without adding extra material/weight to the phone, than it is definitly worth to be in the market.

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Relentless innovation
Brian Fuller   8/16/2013 12:10:48 PM
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Elizabeth, great piece! It's great to see Prof. Yang pushing ahead in a crucial area of energy harvesting. When we did the Drive for Innovation project, we spent time with him in his office at UCLA and got some insights into the challenges he's confronting in broad spectrum solar cell research. Here's a link to the story and the video interview we conducted is below: 

 



Mydesign
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Mydesign   8/16/2013 7:09:18 AM
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"whatever box it is people live in. Engineers should. :) One day we'll be walking around charging all the stuff we have with us."

Cadman, I think such thin solar film technology can be used for recharging most of the handy devices, especially the commonly using devices like watch, phones, tablets, laptops etc.

Mydesign
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Battery Drain
Mydesign   8/16/2013 7:06:11 AM
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"The day when your smartphone screen is also a mini solar panel may not be far off, thanks to new two-layer see-through solar film developed by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)."

Elizabeth, that's a good thing so phone also can be recharged through these screen and hence no more battery drain.

a.saji
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a.saji   8/16/2013 4:11:26 AM
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@Cadman: Yes it has a long journey to go. Being wise and smart is very important here. You should know where and when to use it.    

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Almost 2x efficiency
Ann R. Thryft   8/15/2013 1:22:28 PM
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Wow, this is a dramatic increase in efficiency from the same team's work last year. Thanks for the report.

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Elizabeth
Cadman-LT   8/15/2013 8:28:05 AM
I just want to say. I love your pic. So cute. 

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Too many
Cadman-LT   8/15/2013 8:18:28 AM
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There are too many places where this can and will go. Smart people will make a lot of money from this.

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Cadman-LT   8/15/2013 8:13:41 AM
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Hey Elizabeth, what if they could make clothing out of it. Not like we have today, but like just normal clothes. All day in the sun charging your suit. Sorry, I tend to think outside of, um, whatever box it is people live in. Engineers should. :) One day we'll be walking around charging all the stuff we have with us.

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