Bendable Glass

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Willow Glass can be produced and rolled up in sheets, similar to how newspaper is printed. In 2013, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory built flexible solar cells out of the material, hinting at the possibility of solar-cell roof shingles.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Glass is mostly made of silica, which is the primary ingredient in beach sand. 02:13

  2. Today's optical fibers can transport more than one million gigabits per second—the equivalent of downloading 17,000 HD movies. 05:48

  3. Watch the Mythbusters bend a piece of flexible glass: 06:58