Canadian Researcher Invents New Solar Cell

Flexible plastic solar cell that is said to be five times more efficient than current methods in converting energy from the sun into electrical energy.

Published: 21-Jan-2005

TORONTO (Reuters) - It may only be a matter of time before we will be using our shirts to charge our cellphones.

Researchers at the University of Toronto have invented a flexible plastic solar cell that is said to be five times more efficient than current methods in converting energy from the sun into electrical energy.

Team leader Ted Sargent, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university, said the cell harnesses infrared light from the sun and can form a flexible film on the surface of cloth, paper or other materials.

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