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Submission + - MIT Printed Solar Panels Fold 1000X, Still Produce (

smitty777 writes: MIT Press is reporting on a breakthrough in solar panel production and technology. From the article:

"In order to create an array of photovoltaic cells on the paper, five layers of material need to be deposited onto the same sheet of paper in successive passes, using a mask (also made of paper) to form the patterns of cells on the surface. And the process has to take place in a vacuum chamber. The basic process is essentially the same as the one used to make the silvery lining in your bag of potato chips: a vapor-deposition process that can be carried out inexpensively on a vast commercial scale."

You can also see a direct link to a video of the researchers folding the material into a paper airplane connected to a meter, without a drop in voltage.

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