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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