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Super-thin solar cells can be printed on clothes

May 7th, 2018 / By: / EcoNote

Japanese scientists have developed a super-thin organic solar cell that can be heat-printed onto clothes. Because the cell can be integrated into textiles through the commercially available hot-melt process without degrading the cell’s performance, its developers believe the cell has immense potential for many applications in every day life.

A report on www.technicaltextiles.net says that the cells are powerful enough for portable devices and wearable tech, and can also be attached to tents to provide electricity outdoors or during disasters, and then be folded up and put away when not needed.

The ultra-flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV), developed by a join team from Riken Research institute and Toray Industries Inc., achieves sufficient thermal stability of up to 120 °C and a high power conversion efficiency of 10 per cent with a total thickness of 3 microns, according to media reports.

Power sources flexible enough to be attached onto curved and rough surfaces are one of the most promising solutions to supplying electrical power directly to Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, wearable sensors and electronic devices.

 

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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