CNet’s Green Tech blog is reporting on solar company Konarka which has developed what amounts to solar-powered plastic. Flexible solar cells are not new, but this seems to take things a step further in that solar cells would be easily integrated with just about anything plastic. They are not as efficient as rooftop-type solar panels, but if coupled with low power devices, they present the possibility for portable electronics that never need recharging.
While they also claim to have developed inkjet printed solar cells, I think it’s safe to assume we won’t be printing solar cells from our home printers – at least not without some interesting hardware changes.
Now, if they wanted to make this idea even more green, they could build solar cells integrated in plastic made from corn.