This ratio is created by the fact that the energy generating elements make up 1/3 of the cell and the underlying substrate, predominantly plastic film, occupies only 2/3 of the cell. In contrast, in conventional solar cells of this type, the substrate occupies more than 99%.
The newly developed solar cells have the advantage of being very flexible with a weight of 4 grams and a thickness of only two micrometers.
In addition, the innovative solar cell, when applied also to rubber, is expandable, resulting in a series of new applications. These areas include, for example, the & nbsp; Robotics, synthetic skin or e-textiles.
Since this system is also applicable for use in electrical circuits, there are already successor projects to this innovative research area at the University of Linz.