The UCLA has stepped on the Big Green industry threshold with the invention of cheap, bendy solar panels. These panels can charge your phone or car. Yang Yang, a researcher with the university’s School of Engineering, is working on an innovative method to collect the sun’s energy and use it to charge devices.
The signature brand of these cheap, bendy solar cells has set the world efficiency record by converting 10.6 % of sunlight into solar energy. Yang aims to increase efficiency to 15% -16% within the coming five years. This will make possible powering of everyday machines like phones and cars.
Instead of traditional silicon, the cells are crafted out of organic polymer. These make the cells more flexible than traditionally brittle solar panels. If these cells are embedded into a sheet, the possibilities for their uses are unlimited. These sheets could be hung on windows, covered on car rooftops like stickers or even on the back of cell phones. These solar cells could be rolled up like a sheet of plastic and even used as laminates.
Initially, the Flexi-solar cells converted only 8.6 % of sunlight; however, this power. However, this effect increased when Yang added a special Sumitomo layer to his cells in collaboration with the Japanese company Sumitomo Chemical. This layer made it possible for the cells to pick up more of the infrared spectrum. The tandem structure allows the solar cell sheets to be stacked upon one another. These cells can be soon available on the market as it is a very low-cost production and is compatible with the technology available today.