Stick these solar cells on your phone or whatever else
(Credit: Stanford University )
What if everything around you had the potential to generate small amounts of energy?
We’ve seen flexible, even stick-on photovoltaic cells before, but these decal-style solars are compact and fun.
In a recent article in Scientific Reports, Stanford University mechanical engineering assistant professor Xiaolin Zheng and colleagues describe thin-film solar cells that can be peeled and stuck anywhere.
The researchers manufactured them on a reusable silicon and silicon dioxide wafer and then stuck them on paper, plastic, and window glass.
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The original cell efficiency of 7.5 percent was maintained, and the manufacturing uses existing processes and materials. That could make the decals viable commercially, according to the researchers.
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