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A Step Closer to Solar-Powered Clothing

by Adele Peters

December 22, 2012

Because the solar cells are three-dimensional, they can absorb light from all directions, unlike normal solar panels. The thin fibers can be woven together into strands, and eventually could possibly be used in clothing so people can generate their own power as they're walking outside, charging phones or other small devices. 

T-shirt image from Shutterstock; fiber-optic solar cell photo courtesy Badding Lab, Penn State

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