Moving away from silicon based solar panels, these low cost solar cells are printed directly onto flexible plastic via traditional printing methods. This gives manufacturers the ability to integrate solar cells onto products like smartphone, tablet, and laptop cases enabling self-charging electronics. They can also be printed directly on to walls and windows using an opaque solar film. Skyscrapers could be lined with panels, making them totally electrically self-sufficient. The printed cells are approximately 10 times less efficient than standard silicon panels, but the Consortium hopes to improve on the prototype. Pilot scale production is now ready for expansion.
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- Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium, CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and Monash University