Thursday, June 23, 2016

Solar panels have gotten thinner than a human hair. Soon they’ll be everywhere.

Vox reports Solar panels have gotten thinner than a human hair. Soon they’ll be everywhere.

South Korean scientists have created solar PV cells that are 1 micrometer thick, hundreds of times thinner than most PV and half again as thin as other kinds of thin-film PV. (The research is in a paper just published in Applied Physics Letters.)

With cells this thin, solar PV can be integrated in all sorts of "wearables" — clothes, glasses, hats, or backpacks with solar cells integrated, continuously feeding power to our portable electronics. More to the point, PV could be integrated into just about anything.

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