30 Dec '17, 2pm

Print Solar Cells With an Inkjet Printer

Sounds great, but it isn't as great as it sounds. First, inkjet technology is used, but in a multilayer technology. One needs different layers for negative and possitive conduction, so you can't just buy a solar cell material cartridge for your officejet for your DIY power station. And a second issue is the lifecycle. Where normal PV panels can last for about 5000 houres of energyproduction, polymer-based solar panels can at present last for about 500 houres of energy production, holding back efficiency. And how can it be only feasable for large productions and thus not for home use. It only takes a pair of scissors to make a small batch out of a large production. ;-) Anyway, I'm very eager to see this technology up close and to use it!

Full article: https://inhabitat.com/printable-solar-cells-demonstrated/

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