flexible_solarIt was just yesterday when GOT POWERED! wrote about new paper-thin batteries being invented but the science of today is skimming above the surface of everyday life to surprise us more and more, more often and often.

The Japanese electronics giant Sanyo announced they wish to become the Japanese leader in the domestic solar energy market and their developing of a new type of flexible solar cells which are 1/4 thinner than those currently in use, i.e. thinner than a human hair.

The new solar cells are just 58 micrometers thick and can be used on uneven surfaces as they are as flexible as paper. It’s made of two types of silicon which was bettered by Sanyo to increase the cells’ conversion capacity to 22%.  Sounds like a killer news! Sanyo plans to commercialize it by 2020.

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