Wearable ultra-lightweight solar textiles based on transparent electronic fabrics

Chaoxing Wu, Taewhan Kim, Tailiang Guo, Fushan Li

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Abstract

Wearable solar textiles have currently emerged as excellent candidates for potential applications in next-generation wearable functional clothing. Here, we report a wearable ultra-lightweight polymer solar textile based on transparent electronic fabrics (e-fabrics). The transparent e-fabrics with a structure of polyester/Ag nanowires/graphene core-shell have been used as anodes, as well as transparent substrates, for solar textiles. The anode buffer layer and the bulk heterojunction layer were deposited by blade-coating them onto the e-fabrics. The fabricated solar textiles show a power conversion efficiency of 2.27%, a low areal density of 5.0 mg/cm2, good endurance against mechanical deformations, and high compatibility with clothing. These results indicate that these novel solar textiles hold potential applications in the field of wearable self-powered portable electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalNano Energy
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017 Feb 1

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Keywords

  • Ag nanowires
  • Electronic fabric
  • Graphene
  • Solar textile
  • Wearable electronics

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Wu, Chaoxing ; Kim, Taewhan ; Guo, Tailiang ; Li, Fushan. / Wearable ultra-lightweight solar textiles based on transparent electronic fabrics. In: Nano Energy. 2017 ; Vol. 32. pp. 367-373.
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Wearable ultra-lightweight solar textiles based on transparent electronic fabrics. / Wu, Chaoxing; Kim, Taewhan; Guo, Tailiang; Li, Fushan.

In: Nano Energy, Vol. 32, 01.02.2017, p. 367-373.

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