A company called Konarka makes a flexible solar generating plastic compound that generates electricity. Think of the possible applications for this technology. Wrapping electric vehicles, buildings and remote structures to power small applications. Or, imaging a trickle-charging effect for boats and RV’s that need occasional power boosts.
Konarka has announced that their product’s efficiency has increased to 8.3 percent. Although still small, this is a big boost. Some day we’ll have technology that captures 100% of the sun’s energy by the time it reaches the earth’s surface. For now, we’ll have to use 8.3% to power bus stops in San Francisco.