Creating a flexible photovoltaic fiber

Solar Fiber @ PICNIC and AIA

PICNIC 2012 in the EYE museum in Amsterdam was a fantastic event and very fruitfull for the team of Solar Fiber.

After two days exhibiting on the Crossover Marketplace we met a lot of interesting people who can help us developing it further.

At the Accenture Innovation Awards for best new technology, Solar Fiber was in the top 10.

Unfortunately we did not win that one, but you can still vote for us:


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Gogbot artist talk

Aniela Hoitink and Meg Grant gave an artist/expert talk about Solar Fiber at the Gogbot Festival on 7 September 2012. They were there to explain the concept with proof-of-concept prototypes.

Meg and Aniela presenting the Solar Fiber concept.

Explaining our proof-of-concept.

We integrated fiber optic threads into fabrics and presented them as examples of how a 0.5 mm solar fiber could be used in everyday textile applications. Light travels from the surface of the fiber optic threads to the ends where we placed photodiodes.

Demonstrating our proof-of-concept by connecting a multimeter to the photodiodes and shining a bright light on the embedded optic fibers. The photodiodes generate about 0.5V.

After the presentation there was time for questions and discussion.

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First trials for proof-of-concept fabric

We have started developing our proof-of-concept with fiber optic threads to approximate our solar fiber. To give you an idea of how it might be used once development is completed. Working with this fiber is difficult, is breaks very quickly. So here are a view examples of what we have tried so far. To see some real proto’s, please visit us at one of the festivals we are participating in.

crochet and knit trial

weave trials

more crochet, round weave and random weave


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Solar Fiber presenting at GOGBOT, PICNIC and Discovery Festival

The month of september will be a busy month for the team behind Solar Fiber.

At these festivals we plan to present our first working prototypes of a Solar Fiber textile. The second step in the quest to make every sunlit surface on earth energy harvesting!

The agenda:

GOGBOT, Enschede, 6-9 september 2012
An art, music and technology festival.

PICNIC, Amsterdam, 17-18 september 2012
“Come explore how through the power of (connected) technology, consumers and citizens are (re)discovering the ability to take greater control over their lives, causing huge power shifts. The Occupy Movement, Arab Spring, the emergence of local barter economies, microfinance and crowdfunding, democracy 3.0, open design, quantified self, and the explosion of amateur content creation and distribution platforms are examples of the disruption of traditional organizing systems and business models.”

Discovery Festival, Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Eindhoven, 28 september 2012
Discovery Festival is a new innovating nighttime festival that is all about the kick of inventing new things! New science, new art, new music; Discovery festival leads you to exciting roads and forges unique connections.

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Research on Photovoltaic @Cimtec, Italy

Marina Toeters had the pleasure to attend the Cimtec conference “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems” in Montecatini Terme, on June 10 till 14, 2012. Here she had the chance to meet different institutes that work on photovoltaic material like the University of Giessen Germany.

Other adressed topics (amongst others):

  • Textile sensors
  • Oled in fiber-shape/size
  • Shape Memory Polymers
  • Collaborations with Creatives

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