Though a flexible solar cell offers exciting, new ways of powering vehicles, clothing, and other smart technologies, manufacturing the photovoltaic component is a challenge.

Given the high costs and short lifetimes of today's flexible cells, researchers at Aalto University in Finland and Université de Montréal are studying whether the now-experimental solar tech will someday be ready for mass production and commercialization.

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