Goodbye solar panels, hello solar paint, solar phones, solar world!

Bulky solar panels could soon be a thing of the past and we could be powering items with Graphene which can be added on to objects as a thin film covering or in the paint of buildings – powering the items within.

In 2004 researches at Manchester university, UK discovered Graphene – a 2 dimensional element. For this discovery they have received the Nobel prize.

The levels of electricity produced by Graphene films rivals that of solar panels. The real beauty of it comes from how thin a material made of it is and how strong that material is – it’s 300 times stronger than steel and harder than diamonds – it’s also a better conductor that copper.

More info at the Manchester University website:

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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