Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Solar Powered Plastic

PostedOctober 1, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  Plastic solar cells can be molded into almost anything, says Daniel McGahn, Konarka Technologies’ chief marketing officer.  But the immediate goal is…

Daniel McGahn:  …to take things that normally one would have with them and allow them to be able to generate electricity as needed.

Randy Atkins:  No need for cell phone chargers, as long as there’s light.  Key to the chemistry of a good light-catching plastic is to…  

Daniel McGahn:  …engineer particles that are on a size scale that allows them to be good absorbers.

Randy Atkins:  And McGahn says, while their active material absorbs almost all light…

Daniel McGahn:  …we can tune it to reflect different colors.

Randy Atkins:  Keeping you in styles ranging from solids to camouflage.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

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