Mass-Produced, Printable Solar Cells Enter Market And Could Change Everything… – Eco Snippets

Mass-Produced, Printable Solar Cells Enter Market And Could Change Everything…

Mass-Produced, Printable Solar Cells Enter Market And Could Change Everything...

Australian solar power experts making up the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium have developed and begun to market solar cells that are created with a 3D printer.

The group,  consisting of scientists from the CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and Monash University have been working on the technology for over seven years and have figured out a way to cheaply print the panels onto plastic, including smart-phones and laptops, enabling self charging electronics.  They are also able to print directly on to walls and windows using an opaque solar film and claim that they can line a skyscraper with panels, making it totally electrically self sufficient.

Mass-Produced, Printable Solar Cells Enter Market And Could Change Everything...

“We print them onto plastic in more or less the same way we print our plastic banknotes,” said Fiona Scholes, senior research scientist at CSIRO. “Connecting our solar panels is as simple as connecting a battery. It’s very cheap. The way in which it looks and works is quite different to conventional silicon rooftop solar.”

The next step is to create a solar spray coating to enhance the power of the panel.  “We would like to improve the efficiency of solar panels – we need to develop solar inks to generate more energy from sunlight,” said Scholes. “We are confident we can push the technology further in the years to come.” (via Minds)

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Can i “like” this twice?

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Big oil will kill this quick.

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    Yes, so let’s all share, share, share to get the knowledge “out there” in the mainstream before it can be suppressed !

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    No Randy Renoud, Big Solar will not allow that

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This is awesome

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Constructed of Eco-friendly hemp, imported from Canada, lol.

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Fantastic news!

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As far as I know it is a Danish patent…

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is this not the same thing I read about that means mining under water for a rare metal destroying the ocean bed and destroying marine life?

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How long do they last, how much do they cost, what is the efficiency?

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Really interested to know how long life/durability? And degradation/ recycling time of materials used? ?

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Wow imagine this?

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and thus…more plastic for the Earth to deal with

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Sounds too good to be true.

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But how long do they last? That’s been the problem with these flexible solar cells

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Efficiency, durability and reliability need to be proved. This has been the downfall of so many solar cell new ideas.

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Liam Egan Karen Taylor

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only if they can be made with a very long useful life. otherwise they are just so much more plastic to recycle and dispose of.

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Great to see!! 😀

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Let the NZ National Party dinosaures know about this and their mates in Big Oil

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Steve Marsh Bryan Alexander

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As long as they don’t say that it will save the planet… it seems from headlines that every second “new” technology will do that on it’s own…

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This article is at least three years old.

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