Solar office comes closer


A US company which has claimed to be able to mass-produce solar sheets has delivered its first product.

Electronics, Design, Strategy and News reported the new panels will be used in a German solar power plant.

Its maker, Nanosolar, has developed solar cells which use absorbers 100 times thinner than before, are bendable and could be distributed worldwide.

The technology could be applied to structures and buildings, helping the development of the ‘green office’.

Chief executive officer R. Martin Roscheisen said the solar power station "will set the standard for green power generation at utility scale" and he envisaged a "solar panel on every building".

The company has been chosen to receive extra funding from the US government and it is involved in the high profile Solar America Initiative.

The UK government is hoping to reduce carbon emissions by using a combination of nuclear power, wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable sources.

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