Lightening the Load With Solar Power

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A $1.6 million contract with Konarka Technologies Inc. for an unspecified number of flexible solar panels aims to lighten the load for U.S. troops, who must transport and carry batteries to power everything from night vision goggles to GPS units. In the immediate term, these panels could ease the load on U.S. troops and Special Forces, while reducing the military's logistical requirements. Over the longer terms, it could become part of military structures and eventually find its way into the casing of laptops or even consumer clothing....

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