Monday, October 17, 2011

Solar 'Post-it' Panels Make Debut

Solar 'Post-it' Panels Make Debut

The company that brought us Post-it Notes wants to do something similar for solar power. At the CEATEC conference in Japan, 3M unveiled its latest: a solar panel that's a translucent piece of sticky film.

As an added bonus, the film also blocks a good percentage -- the company claims 90 percent -- of the incoming infrared light. That means it can cool a house that has a lot of window space, or an apartment whose windows don't open, reducing both the dreaded summertime greenhouse effect and the load on the air conditioner. Then there's the ease of installation. All you have to do is stick the film onto the window.

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