Researchers invent solar-cell fabric

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

  • -4

    basroil

    Another case of misleading and downright wrong headline. ShadePlex had solar cell fabrics for three years now, and this is simply another in the long line of RESEARCH products, while ShadePlex actually has commercial products. The article should read "researchers create [woven, etc] solar cell fabric" or something else, because they sure as hell didn't invent the solar cell fabric concept.

  • -3

    jeff198527

    The only true alternatives to nuclear are natural gas or oil

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    Cool. This is the kind of innovation that gets me excited about the future. This kind of material on bags, briefcases, umbrellas -- the potential is unlmited if they can get the power output up to a practical level. Good luck to these folks in their continued research.

  • -4

    basroil

    LFRAgainDec. 12, 2012 - 04:14PM JST

    Cool. This is the kind of innovation that gets me excited about the future. This kind of material on bags, briefcases, umbrellas -- the potential is unlmited

    Not actually possible. The surface area, surface normals, and panel efficiency are so small that this can't even charge your phone, let alone power a laptop. On top of that, the current methods mean limited flexibility and very fragile connections, so this technology will be used on static covers premolded and possibly cured into shape, not soft, flexible uses.

    There's a reason they mentioned blinds but not coats, and that's because it's just not possible using current solar cell technology. Future ink dye based methods might be able to be used for minor electrical generation, but it's actually cheaper and more efficient to use motion based micro-generators instead.

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    I understand you fashion yourself a bit of of an expert on . . . well . . . everything, but it just may very well be these folks are working on something that lies outside your perview. I know, I know. Hard to believe, I'm sure, but it just might be possible. Steel youself.

  • -5

    basroil

    LFRAgainDec. 12, 2012 - 08:20PM JST

    but it just may very well be these folks are working on something that lies outside your perview. I know, I know. Hard to believe, I'm sure, but it just might be possible.

    Whatever they are working on is not groundbreaking. They have exactly what ShadePlex has three years ago, which is something that cannot be commercialized past a few rich people wanting to cash in on "green" tax rebates.

  • 0

    Kristianna Thomas

    Fabric that generates its own electric current. I understand the military application for this devise, but do people really need to charge their phones on the go? I don';t think so. I do have a better idea for the use of this fabric, why not make various lengths of five, ten, and fifteen foot lengths hose them on flag poles and see how much electricity they produce. Instead of having wind mills you would have wind flags that generate power ( can not say with less moving parts;since the flag is one moving part). Can you imagine a field full of moving flags (of various colors) flapping in the breeze along a mountain side or on a shoreline. It would be kinder to the environment that wind mill generators and would cost less to produce. Who would not like a sea of moving flags; rather that a sea of wind mills?

Login to leave a comment

OR
  • African Speaking Sales manager

    African Speaking Sales manager
    JPC TRADE CO.,LTD. (株式会社JPC)、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥200,000 ~ ¥450,000 / Month Negotiable Basic Salary + Incentives
  • Recruitment / HR Generalist

    Recruitment / HR Generalist
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Program Assistant

    Program Assistant
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Portuguese Speaking Sales Manager

    Portuguese Speaking Sales Manager
    Autocom Japan (オートコムジャパン株式会社)、Kanagawa
    Salary: ¥270,000 ~ ¥800,000 / Month Commission Based
  • Interim Administrative Systems Support Lead

    Interim Administrative Systems Support Lead
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ

More in Technology

View all

View all