Nanotechnology may make solar panels less expensive and difficult to install. Here, solar panels (which are usually thick and rigid) are rolled out in a durable film. In the future, nanotechnology may allow photovoltaic technology to be "painted" on pre-existing panels or films.

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Nanotechnology is the study and manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.