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22 July, 2024

Transforming homes into energy generators, one wall at a time

Painting tomorrow's power, the rise of solar paint technology


Imagine if you could turn your house walls into solar panels just by painting them – that's the idea behind solar paint. Unlike traditional solar panels, this high-tech paint contains tiny light-sensitive particles. When you apply it to a surface, like the side of your house, it essentially transforms into a stealthy solar panel, generating electricity when sunlight hits it.

While it sounds cool, there's a catch – efficiency. Regular solar panels convert about 20% of sunlight into electricity. Solar paint, the new kid on the block, currently has the best formula at 8% efficiency, according to experts. To be a practical choice, it needs to reach around 10% efficiency.

Researchers from the University of Buffalo and the University of Toronto are working on making this technology a reality. They envision a future where technicians with special backpacks could come to your house and spray your roof with solar paint.

The potential benefits are huge – lower electricity bills and a cleaner environment, as we wouldn't need as much power from coal or oil. If we combine solar paint with solar glass windows, every home and business could become a mini power plant, producing electricity without the pollution, noise, or mess associated with traditional energy sources. While we're not there yet, these advancements bring us one step closer to a greener energy future.

[Information sourced from The Cool Down]

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