12 Dec '12, 3pm

World's First Fiber-Optic Solar Cell Paves Way for Energy-Generating Fabrics

World's First Fiber-Optic Solar Cell Paves Way for Energy-Generating Fabrics

Less than the width of a human hair, these super thin strands are flexible and the team has made meters long strands with photovoltaic capabilities. This new technique opens up the doors to weave the strand into textiles and create a wearable photovoltaic materials. The 3D material also has the ability to soak up sun from any angle as compared to a 2D flat semiconducter. The team’s hope is to incorporate the strands into fabrics to serve as a mobile generator to power smart phones and other devices. The military certainly has their eye on this lightweight technology for their soldiers to be able to power their devices and gear while on the go. John Badding explains , “Long, fiber-based solar cells give us the potential to do something we couldn’t really do before: We can take the silicon fibers and weave them together into a fabric with a wide range of applications such as...

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