Scientists unveil solar cells the width, flexibility of spider silk
Austrian and Japanese researchers on Wednesday unveiled solar cells thinner than a thread of spider silk that are flexible enough to be wrapped
around a single human hair. The thin-film device, comprising electrodes on a plastic foil, is about 1.9 micro-metres thick, a tenth the size of the
thinnest solar cells currently available, the researchers said. One micro-metre is one millionth of a metre (3.3 feet). “The total thickness of
this device is less than a typical thread of spider silk,” the researchers said in a report carried by online science journal Nature Communications.
“Being ultra-thin means you don’t feel its weight and it is elastic,” said one of the researchers, Tsuyoshi Sekitani from the University of
Tokyo. “You could attach the device to your clothes like a badge to collect electricity (from the sun)… Elderly people who might want to wear
sensors to monitor their health would not need to carry around batteries,” Sekitani told AFP.
IMO this is nothing less than Beautiful, The design to me seems absolutely amazing with so many uses that i can think of just off the top of my
So i just had to share this with you guys
I have always had a great interest in Solar power, Mainly for the practical uses it has with the Sailing community on boats, Just imagine an entire
boat sail made of this brilliant stuff! A man could sail the world and harness all the energy he needed rather than struggling with a couple of badly
placed solar panels on the top deck, Look at me, I'm excited
edit on 5/4/12 by TedHodgson because: Spelling