These Ultra-Thin and Flexible Solar Panels Can Stick to Any Surface Like Wallpaper

By: | September 9th, 2017

Image courtesy of Sunflare

Traditional solar panels are bulky and fragile. They are made from materials like glass, silicon wafers and aluminum that are expensive and difficult to install. But just imagine an ultra-thin, flexible, and affordable solar panel that could be attached to almost any surface, whether it be vertical, horizontal or even curved, to capture solar energy.

This is exactly what Sunflare, a Los Angeles-based startup has developed. Sunflare has unveiled an ultra-thin CIGS solar panel that can be attached to any surface with just a layer of tape like wallpaper. They have named it Capture4.

Capture4 is ideal for areas inaccessible to traditional panels

  • The panel is just a few micrometers thick. It does not require an aluminum frame nor does it need to be placed on a rooftop.

Capture4 beats traditional solar panels on every front

  • Compared to crystalline silicon, Sunflare’s CIGS solar panel does not use a glass substrate. It has thinner layers of semiconductors and is environmentally cleaner because it does not use toxic chemicals.
  • These thin-film solar cells are made with copper, indium, gallium, and selenide (CIGS). They generate around 10 percent more power and weigh almost 65 percent less than the traditional panels.
  • At a comparable cost of just $1.07 per watt, Sunflare’s CIGS solar cells are affordable, too.

Image courtesy Sunflare

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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