27 Oct '14, 2am

Spray Painted Solar is Coming: Solar power: it's not just for your roof anymore. #ecobuild

Spray Painted Solar is Coming: Solar power: it's not just for your roof anymore. #ecobuild

Fast Company staffer Ben Schiller spotlights Texas-based Lucelo Technologies, which is developing a solar paint that can be spread on more or less anything--including plastic bags and shopping labels. The solar paint is like a normal paint, except instead of pigment suspended in a solvent Lucelo uses nano-crystals that absorb sunlight. Harvey says the solution is sprayable with a gun that you can buy at any hardware store. Schiller writes: The difficulty is capturing the energy. Currently, the company uses conventional outer layers, but it's working towards additional paints that would be more like a topcoat. Harvey sees applications either where you don't need much power (i.e. to run an LED light or motion detector) or where space isn't limited (like on the side of a building). The paint currently has an efficiency rating of 3%, far behind of an industry average of 15%-20...

Full article: http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/legislation/spray-painted...

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