Can you envisage a future where photovoltaic panels are ubiquitous, embedded in fabrics and cars, and making the environment around you smarter?
Portuguese researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials are working to make this high-tech future powered with renewable energy a reality. The technology they have created is called Dephotex, a photovoltaic textile with the characteristics we expect from this type of material: flexible, light, durable and resistant.
The beauty of it is that the flexible photovoltaic panels can be embedded in everything, “from fabrics to plastics” They have also been testing panels in cars, so that the car’s battery can be charged with solar power when the vehicle is left an entire day under the sun.
How else could Dephotex be applied?
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.