Power Source of the Future: Solar Cells Tiny Enough to Wrap Around a Single Hair
Scientists were able to create an ultra-thin solar cell that measures just 1.9 micrometers thick — roughly one-tenth the size of the next device. Not only is the sample slim — composed of electrodes mounted on plastic foil, rather than glass — it’s also incredibly flexible, able to be wrapped around a single strand of human hair (which, believe it or not, is nearly 20 times thicker). The scalable cell could replace batteries in lighting, display and medical applications, and may be ready to be put to use in as few as five years.
(via Researchers create incredibly thin solar cells flexible enough to wrap around a human hair — Engadget