New Power Plant Full of Fullerenes

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It is a silly demonstration of a new kind of organic thin film solar cell, consisting of "a plastic substrate, phthalocyanine layer, fullerene layer and so forth. And eight 7.5cm2 solar cells connected in series constitute about 60cm2 solar cell module." It was developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Mitsubishi and Tokki Corp, "aimed at expanding the use of organic thin-film solar cells to the fields where design is important, such as architectural materials including walls and windows, clothing materials, livingware, leisure goods, outdoor products and toys." ::tech-on via ::DVICE and ::BoingBoing


"Fullerenes are a family of carbon allotropes, molecules composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid, tube, or plane . Spherical fullerenes are also called buckyballs, and cylindrical ones are called carbon nanotubes or buckytubes." ::Wikepedia

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