Monthly Archives: November 2013

“PowerTextiles” Next Generation Photo Voltaic’s

Selkirk, 27 November 2013

 

Dr. Robert Mather and Professor John Wilson share a moment to show off their Solar PV Textile they call PowerTextiles. After many years in the laboratory these two eminent Scottish scientists successfully integrated PV into a polyester fabric. PowerTextiles is one conductive polymer layer integrated with conductive and semi conductive layers on polyester fabric.   Why are PowerTextiles the future of the Photo Voltaic Industry? PowerTextiles are more flexible than any other existing solar panel technology, firstly the surface of the fabric is not flat like traditional PV materials it means from the offset they can potentially harvest more sunshine than lets say ultra flat silicon or even flexible thin film cells. All solar harvesting averages but a few hours a day at best, unlike regular panels once the system is done for the day it can be rolled up, or retracted to become unobtrusive. Solar textiles are also temporary structures, potentially needing no planning permission. Unlike solar panels which are obtrusive PowerTextiles life cycle is truly extended as they can be placed out of harms way when not in use. Continue reading