Solar paint is a flexible liquid that can be spray-coated onto surfaces to form thin film photovoltaic systems that serve as an alternative to heavy solar panels. Solar paints are mostly composed of metal alloys or nanoparticles in a liquid matrix, providing the technology potentially high conversion efficiency. However, currently available solar paints are yet to meet the conversion efficiency of commercial solar panels, thereby creating a need for more focus on research and development of the technology.
The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Solar paint, nanomaterial, quantum dots, thin film photovoltaic cell, solar additive