Scientists at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and the University of Austria have developed solar cells that, in addition to being extremely flexible, are so thin that they are ten times less thick than a spider’s web.
The cell is 1.9 micrometers. For their manufacture, the scientists placed several electrodes on top of a thin plastic sheet, instead of glass, which is used in the manufacture of conventional cells.
According to the website Nature Communications, the new method leaves the cell so flexible and resistant that it can wrap several objects without being damaged, and so thin that its weight is almost zero.
Scientists hope to release the cells for commercial purposes within 5 years.
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