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.
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