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Let the solar flowers bloom

Oct. 16, 2012
When you try to imagine the future of solar power, why limit yourself to acres of shiny flat solar panels someplace in the desert? Work by a group of researchers from North Carolina State University suggests you may get closer to the real future by ...

When you try to imagine the future of solar power, why limit yourself to acres of shiny flat solar panels someplace in the desert? Work by a group of researchers from North Carolina State University suggests you may get closer to the real future by envisioning fields of flowers. Say, nanoflowers or germanium geraniums:

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created flower-like structures out of germanium sulfide (GeS) – a semiconductor material – that have extremely thin petals with an enormous surface area. The GeS flower holds promise for next-generation energy storage devices and solar cells.

Found via Treehugger.com