Solar-Powered Battery Woven into Fabric Overcomes Hurdle for Wearable Electronics

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands. This novel battery development, which could usher in a new era of “wearable electronics,” is the topic of a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters. Taek-Soo Kim, Jung-Yong Lee, Jang Wook Choi and colleagues explain that electronic textiles have the potential to integrate smartphone functions into clothes, eyeglasses, watches and materials…

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Books: "The Solar House" – by Anthony Denzer

Tony Denzer recently wrote to see if we were interested in writing something about his new book, “The Solar House – Pioneering Sustainable Design.” We are glad we came across this pertinent work, especially for those wanting to know more about the history of solar. As Denzer aptly points out, “Few people are aware of the influential experimental solar houses which were constructed during the previous four decades, beginning with the work of masters of twentieth-century architecture such as Richard…

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Next Generation Solar Window Will Make Electricity

I received an email from a representative for New Energy Technologies about the company’s upcoming solar window product release: “A working SolarWindow prototype will be publicly unveiled within the upcoming calendar quarter, 2014. I would of course like to engage your interest in coming to an event most likely in New York City, where you see SolarWindow up close and personal. “The news today is that SolarWindow is now the subject of 42 US and International patent filings. The technology…

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