Solar Film for Windows uses Shrinky Dinks
Shrink Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc., has been formed to market a solar film -- QuantumSol Solar PV -- that can be retrofit onto windows. The low-cost method for producing the solar film was conceived when the founder, Dr. Michelle Khine, printed a solar channel design onto the plastic material for the popular toy known as Shrinky Dinks and heated it in an oven. This experiment replicated and miniaturized her design so successfully she was able to coat the original with polymers and use it as a mold for the diagnostic chip.
According to the Shrink Solar website, their Quantum Dot technology is the 'third generation of solar cell technology" and enhances the ability of a photovoltaic cell. Unlike conventional solar technology that uses mirrors to collect sunlight to convert into energy, Shrink Solar's film has an "OptiSol Concentrator" that uses nanocrystals to absorb a broader spectrum of the light striking a window. The solar film can be integrated into existing solar collection units to boost power.
Both the OptiSol and QuantumSol products are made of environmentally friendly sustainable materials and are relatively inexpensive to produce.