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Kirigami Paper-Cutting Art Inspires a Wild Solar Energy Idea

September 13, 2015

A new, cutting-edge concept for solar panels started with two tools: paper and scissors.

Inspired by the Japanese art of kirigami, researchers at the University of Michigan have created a lattice-like cell that can stretch like an accordion, allowing it to tilt along the sun’s trajectory and capture more energy. They detail the idea in a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Below it is a video shows how the Kirigami solar panel works:

YouTube video Michigan Engineering

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