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Jyothi Ramamurthy: Hi, my name’s Jo and I’m a scientist here at CSIRO.
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I’d like to talk to you today about flexible solar panels and what they mean for accessibility to clean energy.
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While conventional silicon solar panels are great, they can’t be used in every situation.
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The solar technology that we’re working on here at CSIRO is a little bit different.
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It’s thin, flexible, lightweight and it even comes in different colours.
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This solar film can be put on virtually any surface.
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It can be shipped very easily out to remote Australia, for example, to power mobile phone towers that have in the past been powered by diesel.
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Flexible solar panels are rollable so they can be integrated into equipment like tents that could be easily deployed in a disaster zone to provide emergency relief to victims.
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Wear your love of CSIRO loud and proud! Our prize pack includes CSIRO-branded jacket, keep cup, drink bottle, tote bag and reusable metal straw. It also includes a family pass to the virtual reality exhibit at our Discovery Centre in Canberra and a 12-month subscription to Double Helix magazine.
For your chance to win, tell us in 25 words or less, how you (or your kids!) would use flexible solar panels in everyday life. Good luck!
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