A Photovoltaic Fiber Design for Smart Textiles

Bedeloglu A. (., Demir A., Bozkurt Y., Sariciftci N. S.

TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol.80, no.11, pp.1065-1074, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0040517509352520
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1065-1074
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, the active photovoltaic fibers consisting of nano-layers of polymer-based organic compounds are presented. A flexible solar cell, including a polymer-based anode, two different nano-materials in bulk heterojunction blends as the light absorbing materials, and a semi-transparent cathode to collect the electrons, was formed by coating these materials onto flexible polypropylene (PP) fibers layer by layer, respectively, to produce electricity. Photovoltaic performances of the fibers were analyzed by measuring current versus voltage characteristics under AM1.5 conditions. The maximum value obtained as the short-circuit current density of photovoltaic fibers was 0.27 mA/cm(2). The fabrication issues and also possible smart textile applications of these photovoltaic fibers were discussed.