Would You Find Use For a Printable Solar Panel?

CSIRO materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins holds a sheet of flexible solar cells (Image: CSIRO)
CSIRO materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins holds a sheet of flexible solar cells (Image: CSIRO)

Scientists from CSIRO, Monash University and the University of Melbourne have been developing a technique to print thin flexible solar cells onto plastic surfaces..

 

“iPad covers, laptop bags, skins of iPhone—not just for casing electronics but to collect some energy as well and power those electronics,” CSIRO’s senior research scientist Dr. Fiona Scholes told ABC News.

 

“It’s very cheap. The way in which it looks and works is quite different to conventional silicon rooftop solar,” said Scholes.

The aim of Dr Scholes’ work is to help produce

high-efficiency printed solar cells

by maximizing the effectiveness of their internal function. It can go onto any plastic surface, Thus making it a solar panel.

 

“We are confident we can push the technology further in the years to come,” said Scholes.

 

All you need after you print out your solar panel is to find a battery and away you go! It’s great we are heading in the right direction.

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