2012

Paint-On Solar Cells are “Sun-Believable”

What if the next coat of paint you put on the outside of your home could generate electricity from light — electricity that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside? Researchers at the University of Notre Dame created an inexpensive solar paint that uses semiconducting nanoparticles to produce energy.

altBy incorporating power-producing nanoparticles, called quantum dots, into a spreadable compound, the researchers have made a one-coat solar paint called Sun-Believable that can be applied to any conductive surface without special equipment.

For more information and to watch a video of the process, visit http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/28047-notre-dame-researchers-develop-paint-on-solar-cells.

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