Pliable solar cells are on a roll

2019-03-03 06:19:08

By Fred Pearce in Uppsala IMAGINE wearing a jacket or rucksack that charges up your mobile phone while you take a walk. Or a tent whose flysheet charges batteries all day so campers can have light all night. Or a roll-out plastic sheet you can place on a car’s rear window shelf to power a child’s DVD player. Such applications could soon become a reality thanks to a light, flexible solar panel that’s a little thicker than photographic film and can easily be applied to everyday fabrics. The thin, bendy solar panels,