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Submission + - New Type of Optical Fiber Could be Used in Photovoltaic Fabrics (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Imagine forgetting to plug in your smartphone, but then not worrying because your clothes could charge it for you. It sounds surreal, but it may one day be reality. An international team of scientists and engineers led by John Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, have developed a silicon-based optical fiber that acts like a solar cell and offers the promise of fabric that can generate electricity from light.
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New Type of Optical Fiber Could be Used in Photovoltaic Fabrics

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