Flexible silicon solar-cell fabrics may soon become possible

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For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that is capable of being scaled up to many meters in length. The research opens the door to the possibility of weaving together solar-cell silicon wires to create flexible, curved, or twisted solar fabrics.7kxoDrAHn_8

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  • inetdog
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    RSSfeed wrote: »
    For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that is capable of being scaled up to many meters in length. The research opens the door to the possibility of weaving together solar-cell silicon wires to create flexible, curved, or twisted solar fabrics.7kxoDrAHn_8

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    Wow! The first thought that I had on reading the whole article was that it is the solution (to the extent that one exists) to the often-discussed dilemma of how to hold and aim your solar panel while hiking (to recharge your phone as you walk.) Just make your hat out of this material. :-)
    SMA SB 3000, old BP panels.
  • Cariboocoot
    Cariboocoot Banned Posts: 17,615 ✭✭✭
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    Get a whole suit made of it and you'll be stylin'! :p
  • inetdog
    inetdog Solar Expert Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭✭
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    Get a whole suit made of it and you'll be stylin'! :p

    You can actually (right now!) get a fashion sweater with a flexible ~3" by 6" LCD screen attached to the sleeve.
    With this fabric, the sweater could power it too.
    SMA SB 3000, old BP panels.
  • Cariboocoot
    Cariboocoot Banned Posts: 17,615 ✭✭✭
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    But if you build yourself some electric motor rollerblades you can save money on your daily commute!
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    --
    Philip K. Dick

    First published in 1968, the book served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner.
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset