Wearable and washable photovoltaic fabrics

Satharasinghe, A., Hughes-Riley, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-430X and Dias, T., 2019. Wearable and washable photovoltaic fabrics. In: F. Lambert, R. Kenny and P. Helm, eds., Proceedings of the EU PVSEC 2019. München, Germany: EU PVSEC, pp. 42-45. ISBN 3936338604

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Abstract

This work presents a novel solar energy harvesting fabric that can power wearable and mobile electronic devices in a robust, user-friendly, and sustainable manner. The fabric was realised by weaving miniature solar cell embedded textile yarns (solar-E-yarns) fabricated using the Electronic yarn (E-yarn) technology. The fabric (44.5 mm × 45.5 mm active area) can generate a maximum power density of 2.15mW/cm2 under one sun (1000 W/m2) solar illumination and looks and feels like a normal textile; it is soft, three dimensionally conformable, breathable and moisture absorbing. It is also capable of undergoing machine laundering, which has not previously been reported by a textile solar energy harvesting solution for wearable applications in the literature. The fabric can be rolled and is lightweight, making it desirable for mobile and off-the-grid energy needs.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Paper presented at the 36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Marseille, France, 9-13 September 2019.
Creators: Satharasinghe, A., Hughes-Riley, T. and Dias, T.
Publisher: EU PVSEC
Place of Publication: München, Germany
Date: 23 October 2019
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-1BO.9.2DOI
1206343Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 05 Dec 2019 17:03
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 17:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38792

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