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Solar Panels From Blue Jeans

July 3, 2010

Using nature’s blueprint, researchers at Cornell University have developed a prototype solar panel from natural blue jeans dyes (phthalocyanines).

This process assembles organic phthalocyanine molecules into a flexible two-dimensional solar paper. Because phthalocyanines are very close in structure to chlorophyll, and chlorophyll is the substance in plants that absorbs sunlight, the Cornell team has been able to use phthalocyanines to produce energy. The next step is to determine how the process can be replicated outside the laboratory in a commercial application that is economically viable.

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