BEST SCI­EN­TIFIC DIS­COV­ERY

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - City Scape -

SO­LAR CELLS THAT RUN ON IN­FRARED EN­ERGY Pro­fes­sor Ted Sar­gent of the U of T’s de­part­ment of elec­tri­cal and com­puter en­gi­neer­ing and his team have de­vel­oped mi­cro­scopic so­lar cells that run off the in­frared en­ergy of the sun. The par­ti­cles can be painted or sprayed onto sur­faces and used as por­ta­ble elec­tric­ity. Cars coated in the stuff could keep their bat­ter­ies charged; sheets un­rolled in the desert could keep homes lit. The com­pos­ite could even be sewed into cloth­ing. Imag­ine: iPod run­ning low? Just plug it into your shirt.

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