Australian scientists have found a way to 3D-print solar cells




Australian scientists have found a way to 3D-print solar cells


The transition to clean energy is perhaps the best way to improve the overall global environmental situation. Since the collection of solar energy in this case is one of the most affordable ways, it is not surprising that more and more countries are beginning to actively interested in the subject and make new discoveries in this area. For example, Australian scientists have found a way quite as efficiently and cost-effectively print a solar cell.

A group of researchers from the University of Melbourne in collaboration with the Victorian Consortium for organic cells (Victorian Organic Cell Consortium) and the Australian scientific and industrial community (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO) have developed a special printer that can once every two seconds to print photovoltaic panel. The scientists who are working on this project, explains that their new printer will increase the popularity of the use of clean energy from ordinary citizens. The obtained solar panels can be installed on roofs, glass surfaces and even on personal items like laptops.

“Plenty of room for the use of panels of this size opens just huge. Due to them can be powered electric billboards, street lighting and other urban infrastructure. They can even use personal laptops, in case you need additional power supply, “- says Dr. Scott Watkins of CSIRO.

The same man said that three years ago when their team is just beginning to conduct the work in this direction, scientists have been able to print to a printer solar cell the size of a human fingernail. However, after a time, the researchers are able to print solar cells are the size of a sheet of paper format A3. The resulting solar cells subsequently, according to experts, can generate 10 to 50 watts of electricity per square meter.

The cost of the printer until it looks just peachy, as well as the potential of its use – it is about 200 thousand dollars. However, scientists continue to work and hope that in the very near future, will find a way to reduce the cost of the product.
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