Sandia researcher team hold samples containing arrays of microsolar cells (Image: Randy Montoya)
The thin crystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells are from 14 to 20 micrometers thick - a human hair is about 70 micrometers (Image: Murat Okandan)
The solar cell test prototype with a microscale lens array fastened above it - the cell and lens help create a concentrated photovoltaic unit (Image: Randy Montoya)
Scientists from Sandia National Laboratories have developed tiny, glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that are ten times thinner than conventional solar cells and could one day be used in a variety of applications – from satellites and remote-sensing, to tents and perhaps even clothing. Yep, these cells could turn the average Joe into a walking solar-battery charger.
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