Solar cells made with plastic are cheaper to manufacture, but the technology is still seeking out niche applications, such as gadget-charging bags and solar windows.
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Clear solar panels could turn windows into energy suppliers, but that's still a big if.
Solar company Konarka has signed a deal with window maker Arch to put its transparent solar cells between planes of glass for power-generating windows.
Konarka Technologies' flexible solar panels find their way onto backpacks in Europe and shade structures in Middle East and North Africa.
Norwegian company EnSol is working on a thin film solar cell technology designed to be sprayed onto any glass surface.
Konarka makes progress on its plans to print solar cells onto plastics, with initial products set for release later this year.
Konarka Technologies, an organic-photovoltaic cell maker, is partnering to deliver its flexible solar films for buildings, consumer products next year.
Oil giant Total invests $45 million plastic solar cell company Konarka, while DARPA funds a project to make jet fuel from algae for military planes.
A new report says the two gadget companies are evaluating solar tech, something Samsung's already done in a handful of gadgets.