Ted Sargent’s Home Page (the inventor, a globally recognized young innovator)
So this article is from 2005, not exactly hot-off-the-presses. But it’s an interesting look at a new technology: solar cells that absorb both the visible and infrared spectrums of light and process them into usable energy. Not only that, they’re based in a spray solution for ease of application across a variety of surfaces. A spray-on plastic coating that could charge your car while driving or your cell-phone while walking are great ideas, with a billion more applications to be dreamed up along the way. I’m now going to search for more information on this technology, and will report whatever I find to you as it comes in.
Even now, I’m envisioning spray-painting a backyard deck/patio with a plastic coating that weather proofs it, and makes it more attractive, all while powering solar evening lamps or CMOS security sensors around a property’s perimeter, perhaps also powering a sensor-activated automatic watering system for garden plantings. Or, on a less serious tack, maybe creating a line of ultra-mod swimwear that uses solar plastics and a closed system of lighting to create light-up fashions? How cool would that look underwater? What do you see in your solar dreams?