DOE funds development of flexible glass, stronger than steel

Clean Technica
January 13, 2011
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology collaborated to develop a glass that is stronger and tougher than steel, according to a Jan. 12 Clean Technica report. The Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation funded the project. The glass, made of a microalloy with palladium -- a metal with a high “bulk-to-shear” stiffness ratio that counteracts the intrinsic brittleness of glassy materials -- will bend when stressed, instead of shattering.

A solar roof made out of such glass would need less roofing infrastructure to hold it up, reducing both solar and roofing prices, according to the report.

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