Printable solar panels herald new era for mass production in alternative energy

The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (Australia) has designed and built a printer that can print solar cells. The printer has Ben operational since 16 May 2013 and prints 10 metres of solar cells/min.

The technique uses dye sensitised mesoporous nanocrystalline titania cells or polymer-polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells rather than traditional silicon and the print out is capable of producing 50 watts of power per square meter.

“By printing directly to materials like steel, we’ll also be able to embed cells onto roofing materials.” – David Jones, a researcher at the university of Melbourne.

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Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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