Korean researchers have developed a thermo-electric generator that can be attached on clothes, windows and outer walls of buildings.
The new device is designed to be stationed outdoors for a reason, according to the research team from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, as it creates electricity using sunlight.
The main feature of this device is that unlike existing solar generators, it relies on temperature differences between the heated plate installed on the device and the surrounding air to create electricity.
The temperature gap allows electrons on the device to move back and forth faster, which then generates electricity.
The plate on the generator can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in just five seconds.
"The panels can facilitate a temperature difference of more than 20 degrees Celsius. This makes it easier and effective to harvest energy."
A recent test proved this technology can create nearly one-hundred times more electricity than conventional solar panels and generators.
Currently, the device can easily generate enough power to recharge a small wearable device.
But the researchers said the technology can also be applied onto thin films, and they added that tests are being run to have the device garner energy even on cloudy days.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.