The world is searching for new and creative ways to reduce carbon emissions. Here's a new technology that is close to being from The Twilight Zone.
The new technology is "glowing wallpaper." The UK has given a Welsh company, Lomox, £454,000 to develop "light emitting wallpaper." The project is called the Carbon Trust.
The material uses organic light emitting diodes or OLEDs. The OLEDs run on very low voltage and are twice as efficient as energy-saving bulbs. It could hit the market in 2012.
Other companies have tried this technology but failed because of high costs and short operating lifetimes.
Lomox has overcome both problems. Ken Lacey, CEO of Lomox said: "Manufacturers could apply its light emitting chemical on to wallpaper with low voltage electrical connections. It gives very natural sunlight type of lighting with full color range."
Max Williamson, director of research, went on saying: "Lighting is major producer of carbon emissions. ... This technology has the potential to produce ultra efficient lighting for a wide range of applications, tapping into a huge global market."
So if you are planning to redecorate your room, if you wait a while you could do away with lighting fixtures altogether and use this new glowing light wallpaper.
Do you think this is a bright idea?