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Can This SolarLayer Photovoltaic Additive Really Turn Any Surface Solar?

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Imagine you could turn any surface: road, roof, or even a wall, into a a solar-energy receptor?

Thanks to a new technology produced by a team of Argentinian, British, and Swiss scientists you may soon be able to.

The team’s innovative product called SolarLayer is comprised of three parts: a fiber conductor, photovoltaic cells and a voltage stabilizer.

(Image via SolarLayer)
(Image via SolarLayer)

The conductor is made of a thin 2µm copper-based alloy fiber that acts as the basic conducting surface. The photovoltaic cells can  transform light sources into electricity and consist of a series of conducting and non-conducting areas that energy flow to and from the fiber conductor.  The tension stabilizer receives electric current from different parts of the conductor fiber via a copper wire and stabilizes it before generating a useful current output. The system has been designed to work in 3/12V.

For a better understanding of the system, view the associated image.

SolarLayer
(Image via SolarLayer)

The team has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for its new solar technology.

According to SolarLayer’s Indiegogo:

The system can be used as an additive for asphalt and for house paintings. If installed correctly it can generate enough electricity for a normal house. It is very easy to install. The basic electric components look very much like salt and must be mixed with the paintings before application. After the painting has been finished, a special wire, that will ship with the box, has to be installed 2 cm inside the limit of the paint all the way to the energy stabilizer.

Let us know what you think. How do you rate this project? Does SolarLayer really have a shot?

Story via PR Newswire. 

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