Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Green power blooms as Japan unveils ‘hydrangea solar cell’

Hiroshi Segawa, a professor at University of Tokyo's Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), displays a prototype model of an organic solar power cell at his laboratory on July 24, 2014A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good. In a country badly scarred by the tsunami-sparked nuclear disaster at Fukushima three years ago, the hydrangea-inspired solar offering is small beer alongside one of the world's biggest offshore wind power farms now floating off the country's east coast. Segawa's Annabelle, named after a type of white hydrangea, is made up of flowery stained glass-like solar cells built into a latticed wood box modelled on traditional Japanese doors.

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