Solar Clothes 

The University of Tokyo and research institute RIKEN created a prototype of a super thin photovoltaic device. This device was coated in a flexible and waterproof film which allowed it to be inserted into fabrics (such as clothes), and also be machine-washable.

So what does photovoltaic mean? Conventionally, solar panels are made out of photovoltaic panels, often made of glass or various other firm materials that are suitable. Due to the mind-boggling breakthrough from the University of Tokyo and RIKEN’s research, “solar cell fabric” is an invention that makes wearing solar components possible! This is because solar cell fabric is flexible and wearable. 

Because of this there can be a visible decrease in electricity use and demand. Therefore, emphasising the importance and convenience of renewable energy. 

This is what Solar Clothing looks like:


Source: solar power fabric

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.