Solar cell is semi-transparent & bendable

27th July 2015
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Solar cell is semi-transparent & bendable

To address the need for a sustainable energy source for flexible electronics, a semi-transparent, bendable solar cell that is made entirely out of plastic is being developed by scientists. The cell, reported in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, is being developed by a team led by Professor Yinhua Zhou of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

The researchers built the solar cell by applying a conductive polymer film to a plastic surface and treating it with phosphoric acid to enhance the rate at which an electric current can pass through it. The 10-square-millimeter, all-plastic cell reached a voltage of 0.84V.

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