By Elsa Partan
Laramie, WY – Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory have figured out a way to cheaply produce a new technology that could be an energy solution of the future. Scientist Steven Novack says his lab can create plastic sheets covered by billions of tiny antennas. The antennas collect heat, which could be used to produce electricity.
Novack says they could use the plastic sheets to laminate hybrid cars or electronic devices. For example, an I-pod of the future might be able to power itself with this antenna plastic wrap. Novack says the method for converting the heat into electricity still needs to be developed, but he thinks this is a useful advance for people working in solar technology.
Novack will present his findings on Wednesday at a meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in Jacksonville, Florida.