The 2nd Annual Wearable and Flexible Technologies World 2015 will take place in Shanghai, China from May 27-28, 2015 as part of the Future Life Show. The conference will feature many of the world’s leading specialists in wearable and flexible technology as well as showcase the latest progress in the field. With the development of cloud computing, smart sensors, flexible electronics, and all other supporting technologies, the future of wearable devices is extremely bright. The big platform will discuss the latest technologies, current challenges, various applications, and explain the big trends of the next decade. The organic electronics and organic photovoltaics industry will play an integral role in propelling the development of wearable technology.
Solarmer’s very own Dr. Yue Wu will be a keynote speaker at this incredible event. Dr. Wu is Solarmer Energy’s Vice President of Technology Development and has been working in the Organic Photovoltaic field for 12 years. He received his Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where his research focused on the investigation of excitonic states and magnetic properties of non-magnetic organic semiconductor devices such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells (OPVs). He will be discussing recent achievements here at Solarmer and how the organic electronics and more specifically, the organic photovoltaics industry can help spearhead the wearable technology movement.
Researchers in the OPV world have reached an overall solar cell efficiency of 10.8%. Through the material and methods used in creating this cell, Solarmer has created a 7.2% flexible cell with an output power of 10.8mW and a module performance of 6% with an output power of 290mW. The flexible cells are so stable in their performance that even after bending the cells over 50 times, the modules tested at the same level as before. These modules have an estimated lifetime of over 4 years.
The collaboration between the OPV industry and the flexible and wearable technology industry is one that can be beneficial for both fields. Although both fields are fairly new, there is a lot of potential in both industries. Being able to utilize OPV in everyday applications like wearable technology will be one of many major ways to improve both of these emerging industries.