Solar cells now come in wafer thin sheets and can be applied to membranes used for shade sails or umbrellas. Every shade structure is now a potential solar farm. In Australia this product is already used on shade cloth that provides protection for livestock.
The sheets are approx £200 per square metre which is not cheap but considering they produce energy they can not really be compared to your normal rolls of pvc sheeting. This technology really opens a whole world of design possibilities A possible evening dress perhaps?
This product was at eco build and was one of my favourite finds. For more information go to http://www.skyshades.co.uk/
|Thin:||Just .5mm thick|
|Lightweight:||3oz per square foot|
|Flexible:||Roll it, wrap it, hang it|
|Versatile:||Apply it to accessories, structures, cars, awnings, tents and more|
|Organic:||Power Plastic’s flexible thin-film photovoltaic technology uses materials that are 100% recyclable.|
|Weatherproof:||Operates from -20°C to 65°C (-4°F to 149°F)|