Published on February 20th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz7
New Solar Cells Will be Printed Like Money
February 20th, 2009 by Ariel Schwartz
Australian scientists at CSIRO’s Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) are on a quest to make solar cells as easy to print as money. Trials of the flexible, large area, cost-effective, reel-to-reel printable plastic solar cells will even be conducted by Securency International — a banknote printing company.
CSIRO researchers have devised a way to essentially print organic solar cells onto polymer. Once the cells become commercially viable, it will be easy — and cheap –to install them over large areas like rooftops.
VICOSC’s 3-year $A12 million project is at its halfway point, with trials six months ahead of schedule. Members of VICOSC include researchers from CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship, University of Melbourne, Monash University.