Printing Solar cell on a sheet of Paper

Solar power is a great alternative energy source, but it’s unfortunately a rather expensive one. However, researchers at MIT are working on a new and less-expensive way to make solar cells which involves printing them directly on to fabric or paper.

We’re not talking about any fancy paper or fabrics. The MIT researchers discovered the printing process works on just about any paper, from regular printer paper, to tissue paper, and even to already-printed newspaper. However, printing the cells is not as simple. It must be done in a vacuum-tight room where the special “ink” is deposited on the paper. According to an article by MIT’s David L. Chandler, the process is almost as cheap and as easy as printing a photo on your inkjet.

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Hydrogen powered E-bone concept bus

Here is a peep into the technology of the future – the E-Bone concept bus. Unlike conventional buses, the E-bone bus will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This greatly eliminate the pollution hazards created by a large number of buses plying in big cities, running on conventional diesl fuel, emitting carbon.

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Solar Forest (Amazing Concept)


Designer Neville Mars has designed a charging station that keeps your car both cool and charged.

Called the Solar Forest, the panels actually follow the sun throughout the day for maximum efficiency. And that canopy provides some much needed shade for the cars below, hopefully while keeping the overlap to a minimum.

The tree trunks are like a giant power strips for electric vehicles. Cars can just plug in and cool off.

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A yacht – Designed to save energy

Feadship comes up trumps with a new concept superyacht every year, and this year’s Breathe design doesn’t fail on the sleek good looks the Dutch company has become known for. Supposedly inspired by zebras, it may be lacking in black and white stripes but it’s the cooling system which has made it from beast to machine. The hulls are lighter, with funnels darker, to flow the air through the decks, cooling passengers down.

 

 

Glass shells also act as insulation, cooling the insides while generating energy from the sun at the same time.