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Tiny, bendy solar panels power almost everything

Feb 16, 2017, 5:36 AM EST
(Source: Planeta Agronómico/flickr)
(Source: Planeta Agronómico/flickr)

In a groundbreaking development, Albuquerque-based startup mPower Technology Inc. has unveiled tiny, light-weight and foldable solar panels that can be installed in small gadgets like drones, satellites or even smartphones, thus allowing the world to easily harness a renewable source of energy.

Named solar glitter, these minuscule cells pave the way for a future where low-cost photovoltaics would power everyday products and structures. Unlike conventional solar power systems that comprised of rigid panels, solar glitters are thin and flexible packages that can be wrapped up and taken anywhere for any application, notes Albuquerque Journal.

Created by Sandia National Laboratories, these solar glitters can be used as a portable energy generator and involve relatively much less installation cost than typical solar power systems, writes Seeker. Murat Okandan, mPower Technology's founder and C.E.O., says the company plans to speed up the commercialization of solar glitters so that people can buy rolls of photovoltaics at the hardware store in near future. 

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