Researchers at Notre Dame (RUDY! RUDY! – oops, sorry, holiday movie watching intruding there) have developed a paste containing solar cells that could be used to power home appliances. While it is less than 1% efficient, it is cheap to produce and would probably be a great marketing tool for any company that wants to start using it. The paint is called “Sunbelievable” and while it is extremely cool, it isn’t quite ready for the market yet. Researchers are hoping to boost the efficiency factor before releasing it into the wild, but it could conceivably be an extra source of power in your home by the time you hit retirement. How cool is that?
If you want the scientific skinny, check out the article on Sunbelievable in the Chemical and Engineering News.
See the video here.