Strategies for incorporation of polymer photovoltaics into garments and textiles

Frederik C. Krebs*, Matteo Biancardo, Bjorn Winther Jensen, Holger Spanggard, Jan Alstrup

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The incorporation of polymer photovoltaics into textiles was demonstrated following two different strategies. Simple incorporation of a polyethyleneterphthalate (PET) substrate carrying the polymer photovoltaic device prepared by a doctor blade technique necessitated the use of the photovoltaic device as a structural element. The total area of the device on PET was typically much smaller than the active area due to the decorative design of the aluminium electrode. Elaborate integration of the photovoltaic device into the textile material involved the lamination of a polyethylene (PE) film onto a suitably transparent textile material that was used as substrate. Plasma treatment of the PE-surface allowed the application of a PEDOT electrode that exhibited good adherence. Screen printing of a designed pattern of poly 1,4-(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy))phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV) from chlorobenzene solution and final evaporation of an aluminium electrode completed the device. The total area of the textile device was 1000 cm2 (25 cm×40 cm) while the active area (190 cm2) was considerably smaller due to the decorative choice of the active material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1058-1067
Number of pages10
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May 5
Externally publishedYes


  • Design
  • Patterning
  • Polymer solar cells
  • Screen printing
  • Solar cells in clothing
  • Solar cells on textile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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