Creating a flexible photovoltaic fiber

Solar dress at Nerds on Stage

The Nerds on Stage festival shows how fascinating and cool the world of creativity and technology innovation can be. On Thursday, March 27, kids and teens were treated to the latest in digital, media and technical developments. Passionate ‘certified’ nerds who have earned their spurs, guaranteed a spectacular and inspiring program.

Aniela presented Solar Fiber to more than 900 young people at Nerds on Stage.

Nerds on Stage

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Presenting Solar Fiber at Connected Bodies Symposium

Meg presented our Solar Fiber project at the Connected Bodies Symposium at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles last month.

Solar Fiber at Connected Bodies Symposium

The Symposium, “Connected Bodies: Imagining New Wearables”, was held at the Art Center College of Design in partnership with Intel.  Solar Fiber was an example of design-led research and the contribution designers and makers can make to scientific exploration.

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Short film of the weaving process

Movie:

Thanks to Johan Van Den Acker Textielfabriek

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Hand-woven prototype cloth by Ank Hazelhoff

We’ve had a big helping hand from Ank Hazelhoff!  She’s woven a meter of fabric, using a combination of fiber optic material and regular weaving threads.  We’re going to use this fabric to produce more prototypes.

Ank Hazelhoff is an independent hand-weaver whose specialty is weaving copper threads to make 3 dimensional objects out of 2 dimensional cloth.  She was curious to try weaving with fiber optic filaments and produced these amazing results.

This is how it looked on the loom:

On the loom

The results!  Left: 0.25 mm fiber optic, right: 0.75 mm fiber optic producing a stiffer fabric.

Two different fibers

A close-up of the 0.75 mm fiber weave.

A close-up of the fibers

And even closer:

Even closer close-up of the fibers

 

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Solar Fiber featured on Fast Company China

Ben Schiller’s FastCo article featuring Solar Fiber has been translated into Chinese and featured on fastcompany.cn. It’s pretty exciting to see this international exposure!

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