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Green tech boffins at Osaka University have developed new highly efficient solar panel “paper” technology made from wood pulp, and says it is lighter, more flexible and eco-friendly than traditional clunky solar energy collectors. The solar paper can be less than one millimetre thick thanks to its basic components: transparent …

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Solar panel collectors made from wood pulp

Military installations?

Potential military installations?

Oh, trees.

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Re: Solar panel collectors made from wood pulp

A quick drop of genetic engineering know-how and then I fully expect trees to come fitted with 13-amp sockets by next Tuesday-week

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Don't know why but this made me thing of the borg trees from Dr Who.

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Disposal

If the key ingredients are cellulose and silver, I suspect the cellulose will be burnt away (hey maybe even at a power plant) and silver harvested for re-use. The cellulose may even just wash away if soaked. 3% efficiency may be low, but if the cost (financial and environmental) of production, shipping, disposal, etc., is low enough, that 3% might actually be rather efficient relatively speaking.

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Oh, the irony...

Turning nature's solar harvesters into man-made solar harvesters, how fitting.

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I'd like to see -

Actually, I'd like to see The Register lay off with the "climate change is a lie" coverage, so, my boycott of comment of environment-related Reg stories continues. I invite other readers to join me. The Register lies. And I'll keep my thoughts about where this technology can lead, to myself.

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So, the reg lies and you have proof that climate change is caused by humanity? I guess you'll also deny that the planet has been through a series of past ice ages and every thaw was due to Homo Sapiens, or various other missing links, being neglectful?

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This could be quite useful

I can see this being used to power/charge e-ink or a small speaker on a book/card/etc to add to the content of said item. e.g. to add a zoomable map to the beginning of a fantasy book, or to provide animated pictures in harry potter, or to play mood music whenever you open the book.

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"or to provide animated pictures in harry potter"

You mean we'll really be able to buy a copy of the Daily Prophet with actual moving photos someday soon?

Mines the one that looks like it's got a big wand in the pocket :-)

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