Konarka's Power Plastic
Fortune magazine has a nice writeup on Konarka, a small compnay that’s created something they call Power Plastic, which is a new lightweight, flexible and cheap material that can be used as solar panels
, both inside and outside. Right now, Konarka
is selling small amounts of their Power Plastic to Skyshades, an Australian company that puts it on outdoor umbrellas and tote bags so that cellphones can be recharged. But Konarka certainly has bigger plans. Konarka recently received funding from venture capitalists totalling $145 million, including $45 million from the French oil company Total, and they are working on a translucent version of their Power Plastic solar panels that could be built into windows, generating enough electricity to run entire buildings. Konarka is also involved on a project with the Department of Defense to build its Power Plastic into tents so that the sun can recharge a soldier’s equipment while in remote locations.