Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You Can Improve Solar Power

Thin film solar has the potential to make solar power ubiquitous. It can be made cheaply compared to crystalline silicone based PV. Its only drawback is that it is not very efficient and needs a large area to generate significant power. 

You can help to change that. The spare cycles on your PC can be used test tens of thousands of new materials to determine which are the best candidates for the next generation of affordable solar cells.

Once a cheap, efficient solar is available, there is no reason not to cover anything electronic with it. Solar shingles could cover homes and buildings, and the tops of plug-in cars could be covered by thin film. A sunny day in a parking lot could get you a free mile or two. As the panel efficiency improves over time and cars move to lighter materials like carbon fiber, these panels could incrementally provide more of the vehicle's (and more of our world's) power needs.

Thin Film Photovoltaic
If you want to join in the fun and put your spare CPU cycles to work click on this link: 
and look for "How You Can Help".

This takes you to the World Community Grid, a project sponsored by Harvard University, IBM and others. Once you've installed the software you can select from projects to: 
  • Discover Dengue Drugs
  • Fight AIDS
  • Conquer Cancer 
  • Fold Human Proteome
  • Discover Nutritious Rice for the World 
  • Discover Clean Energy Materials
Select "Clean Energy Materials" and you are on the way to helping build a better future. 



  1. Hi Patrick,

    My name is Brian and I work in Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence, and one of our clients is World Community Grid.

    Firstly, thanks for spreading the word on your blog. I hope you don't mind me posting a comment here, but we've put up a new video about "Clean Energy for a Smarter Planet". I hope you can take have a look, and share the video with those whom you think would be interested.


    You can contact me at brian.koh@ogilvy.com if you have any queries, or would like more information -)

  2. Thanks for the video link brian.


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