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A Nanotech Coating Allows Almost Anything to be Powered by the Sun

Mar 14, 2013

By Douglas Linman, SUNTCO

Credit: SOMMAI. Credit: SOMMAI.

Imagine a world where each element was contributing power in collaboration and harmony with our environment. Roads would power buildings, buildings would power homes, electrics cars could travel as far as they could go and never need a charging station.

Seems incredible, but a small rag tag team of scientists and engineers over nearly eight years has invented the means to achieve this now. The technology is called solar liquid power (SLP), and it marries electrochemistry, nanoscience, physics, and material science into an applied science and process. The result is a molecular liquid coating capable of not only producing solar power but delivering that power to just about anything: Roads, electric vehicles, homes, buildings, airplanes, electronics, etc.

Technically, SLP is a liquid colloid, which means it is a liquid that turns into a solid. It can be applied in a spray coating on a building similar to the way you would apply latex paint. SLP can be embedded onto roof tiles while in production, or into windows. It can be applied to existing structures, meaning it will generate energy without building new "farms" or "islands."

The company's mantra and published mission is to build an effective and affordable solar power solution as a liquid, without borders and boundaries.

As an incorporable liquid into all OEM materials, the idea is to provide ready-made applications for immediate use.  In electric vehicles, for example, the SLP and its companion liquid transmission matrix (also called a liquid lipid diode) is simply a part of the car's primer and color coating processes before the final protective coating is applied.  In buildings, roof tiles would arrive ready to install, with SLP embedded over the LLD layer. Pigtail ends to positive and negative leads attach to standard inverters and converters, which not only close the circuits at the positive and negative junctions but also to convert the provided DC power to AC power for immediate use.

As a business they chose to initially stay away from the politically charged market of grid applications, where refurbishment and returns on old investments were the primary service needs. SLP works most effectively as a new application, rather than re-coating old or degrading substrates. The latter approach could cause quality assurance issues. As the old underlying substrates decay, it would affect the new top layers with the SLP coating. Instead, the product must stand alone or be embedded into OEM materials to maintain end user confidence.

The company is in expected to initiate full production operation this year, with already planned first projects in the U.K. and U.S. starting in 2014 and 2015. Full global production is expected by 2016.

SLPmoleculephysicsAbout Douglas Linman

Douglas Linman, PhD., is solar energy science innovator, founder and chief executive of SUNTCO, and the pioneer behind the leap in electrochemistry and nanoscience capturing solar energy in a new way and delivering it as liquid power.