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Super Light and Flexible Solar Panels

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Posted May 16, 2016

Usually solar panels are heavy and need to be installed properly, for instance, expensive reinforced scaffolding is often needed on the roofs. A Los Angeles-based startup called Sunflare invented a new type of solar panel that is light and flexible, allowing it to be hung anyplace with just a bit of adhesive. Sunflare claims they can be hung with “little more than a 3M tab on the side of buildings.”

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They’re so light because company managed to do away with the glass substrate required of other copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) type solar cells. These CIGS panels can be manufactured with just a flexible thin film. If an expensive silicone panel bends or gets smacked, it may very well break.

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The company is also claiming it has improved the efficiency of these panels compared to the silicon variety and can produce 10% more energy throughout the day thanks to better light absorption in low-light. Also the panels are cheaper to produce, bringing them in-line with existing technology. This is a major improvement over past designs, that 65% lighter solar panel is able to produce 10% more energy throughout the day.

 

Source: fastcoexist.com

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