Experts from the Riken Institute and the University of Tokyo obtained cells 3 micrometers thick. A group of Japanese researchers from Riken Institute In collaboration with the University of Tokyo, he succeeded in developing a solar cell that can be “ glued ” to a fabric as if it were a patch, this discovery allows to place on clothes with a resin with the same method used in silk-screen printing, heat transfer printing, another of its qualities is that they are malleable, they can be bent or stretched without seriously damaging their structure and continuing their functions.
According to the research group that created these cells, their malleability, weight and resistance to high temperatures, up to 100 degrees Celsius without degrading, make them ideal to place them on clothes, in this way we could feed small technological instruments without the need to recharge the batteries. Additional laptops, eg cell phones or tablets.
The birth of this ultra-fine component is the product of the creation of Photovoltaic cells that the same institute announced a few months ago, those they explained could be put in the washing machine and be able to continue their use thereafter. These cells have a thickness of about 3 microns, which greatly reduces the weight and volume, they are covered on both sides by waterproof films, and can be stretched at the same time.
Introduction to the market.
In order to Takao Someya, member of the research group and professor at the University of Tokyo, “Organic solar cells can be produced at low cost” and anticipates the introduction of your product to “Big market” soon.
Although they are submersible in water or compressed with no noticeable damage, their deterioration is still rapid, so the next step for the team is to improve the water resistance and increase the target life they plan to reach by 2020 and build on it in general. year.