The Australian Army‘s power needs are set to be met with the development of new wearable light-weight solar panels, known as Sliver cells.

The new solar technology has been developed by the Australian National University and is part of a $2.3m Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) contract with the Department of Defence for sustainable energy systems.

The flexible, durable and lightweight Sliver cells have an energy to weight ratio of more than 200W/kg and can be easily carried or worn by soldiers.

The new technology is expected to reduce the need for batteries for electronic devices as well as the overall weight being carried by soldiers.

Development Manager for the project Dr Igor Skryabin said the wearable solar cells will also establish a power supply that will keep electronic devices operational throughout missions.