© 2019 by eunhye Ko

photosynthate(2015)

Among diverse attempts to tap into eco-friendly and infinite energy of the sun, I wonder how textile could approach the issue. Solar batteries are heavy and hard so that they could only be used in a large scare, and their main material is silicon dioxide, an inorganic semiconductor which costs high energy in processing, not being really sustainable. 

 

As researching about solar cells, I learned that the DSSC(Dye-sensitized solar cell) which applies a dye generating energy from sunlight onto a thin plastic circuit, and photoautotrophy(self-sufficient life form that gains energy from photosynthesis) are similar in terms of systems. Inspired by this finding, I designed textile by inserting the dye and printing it on thin plastic sheets.