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Solar-Powered Fabrics Are Closer to a Reality

Yasha Wallin

An international team of scientists have developed the world’s first fiber-optic solar cell. Thinner than the width of a human hair and scalable to many meters in length, the silicon-based wire opens the possibility of a new generation of flexible fabrics capable of converting solar radiation into direct-current electricity. This could mean a whole new way to harness power, just while getting dressed in the morning.

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