An award-winning fabric that generates solar power could also be woven into military uniforms and other materials according to its inventors. 

The lightweight, durable fabric created by Iowa Thin Film Technologies Inc is currently being used in US Army tents and makes enough power to run lighting or ventilation systems, field communications, GPS systems or laptop computers.

Iowa Thin Film Technologies has since been named one of eight companies to receive the 2004 Army Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Quality Award.

The silicon film is rolled tissue-paper thin and embedded with solar modules, then attached to flexible plastic and integrated into the fabric.