The idea of using solar energy to charge a mobile phone is not new. But the dream of solar panels, that attach directly to your phone to charge the battery in one day can become a reality. The researchers at Stanford University have managed to create the world’s first self-adhesive thin-film solar cells. The original concept was to build solar panels, reminiscent of his principle a decals, that can unstick as a sticking plaster and stick to almost any surface.
"Non-traditional or universal" technology is difficult to use in the production of devices for converting solar energy into electricity, because they usually have a rough surface and do not work by thermal and chemical treatment, which are now required to produce solar panels," said Xiaolin Zheng, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University and lead author of the report.
"We managed to overcome these problems by developing a process that allows you to make thin-film solar cells with the necessary flexibility and the ability to stick, which we have never seen before. This process also reduces their overall cost and weight."
Tests confirm, that a thin-film solar cells in the process of gluing remain fully operational. Zheng added that the technology will soon be applied in the field of thin-film electronics, including printed circuits, transistors and ultra-LCDs. So in the next few years we will have one more step in the liberation of our gadgets from power outlet.
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