Although it’s no secret that companies have been rushing to put out solar cells thin enough to coat shingles with, or translucent enough to coat the outside of windows with, but now a new technological breakthrough will allow for both features to be wrapped into one.

The finding comes from John Rogers at the University of Illinois, and was just published on Sunday through the journal Natural Materials.

The creation of a solar film that is thin and flexible enough to be wrapped around a pencil, yet nearly invisible allows for huge opportunities for architects, car manufacturers, and other retrofitters alike to coat nearly anything from their windshield to their window shades, and store the energy for later.

Keep an eye out for mass production of this product in the near future.

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