Researchers Develop Thin Solar Film for Mobile Devices, Windows
UCLA researchers have developed photovoltaic cells with twice the energy-harvesting capacity of cells they developed in 2012. The cells, which can be processed to be transparent or in shades ranging from light green to brown, could be used to turn building windows, smartphone screens, car sunroofs, and other surfaces into sources of solar energy. (Source: UCLA)
Thanks Elizebeth for such an interesting post, I can see how much technology is advancing its really amazing that one can extend the battery of cellphone through solar panels , as mobile battery charging is really very big issue these days . If unfortunately one has to make an urgent call and battery gets discharged then you have to stop and charge the mobile phone however solar panels will extend the battery on go thats really great it wont waste ones time .
spectacular Innovation, who would have ever imagined the solar cells to be transparent. Its a great advancement. The present problem, that many smart phones are facing is there short battery time. The amount of usage requires them to have a better battery time. If this solar film can increase the battery time without adding extra material/weight to the phone, than it is definitly worth to be in the market.
Elizabeth, great piece! It's great to see Prof. Yang pushing ahead in a crucial area of energy harvesting. When we did the Drive for Innovation project, we spent time with him in his office at UCLA and got some insights into the challenges he's confronting in broad spectrum solar cell research. Here's a link to the story and the video interview we conducted is below:
"The day when your smartphone screen is also a mini solar panel may not be far off, thanks to new two-layer see-through solar film developed by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)."
Elizabeth, that's a good thing so phone also can be recharged through these screen and hence no more battery drain.
Hey Elizabeth, what if they could make clothing out of it. Not like we have today, but like just normal clothes. All day in the sun charging your suit. Sorry, I tend to think outside of, um, whatever box it is people live in. Engineers should. :) One day we'll be walking around charging all the stuff we have with us.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.