A Photovoltaic Fiber Design for Smart Textiles

Ayse(Celik) Bedeloglu, Ali Demir, Yalcin Bozkurt, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci

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Abstract

In this paper, the active photovoltaic fibers consisting of nano-layers of polymer-based organic compounds are presented. A flexible solar cell, including a polymer-based anode, two different nano-materials in bulk heterojunction blends as the light absorbing materials, and a semi-transparent cathode to collect the electrons, was formed by coating these materials onto flexible polypropylene (PP) fibers layer by layer, respectively, to produce electricity. Photovoltaic performances of the fibers were analyzed by measuring current versus voltage characteristics under AM1.5 conditions. The maximum value obtained as the short-circuit current density of photovoltaic fibers was 0.27 mA/cm2. The fabrication issues and also possible smart textile applications of these photovoltaic fibers were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1074
Number of pages10
JournalTextile Reseach Journal
Volume80
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • photovoltaic fiber
  • polymer-based organic solar cell
  • smart fiber
  • smart textile

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