"Printed Solar" to be Lighter and Cheaper than Traditional Panels

This week at the University of Newcastle experts are beginning preliminary tests on solar panels produced by a printer. These printed panels are a product of a unique electronic ink that is printed onto laminated sheets. With greater flexibility and less weight, strips of printed solar panels can be rolled out onto desired surfaces. 

Astounding as "printed" solar panels are, the real achievement is found in the cost of printing. With a production cost of $10 per square meter, these printed panels --more evidence of the incredible progress made on lowering the cost of solar-- could have a serious impact on the renewable energy market.

Here is an excerpt from the article.

Among the key benefits of the technology are that it can be rapidly – and cheaply, at a production cost of less than $10 a square meter – manufactured, enabling accelerated deployment into the marketplace.

“The low-cost and speed at which this technology can be deployed is exciting, particularly in the current Australian energy context where we need to find solutions, and quickly, to reduce demand on base-load power,” Dastoor said.

Among the key benefits of the technology are that it can be rapidly – and cheaply, at a production cost of less than $10 a square meter – manufactured, enabling accelerated deployment into the marketplace.

“The low-cost and speed at which this technology can be deployed is exciting, particularly in the current Australian energy context where we need to find solutions, and quickly, to reduce demand on base-load power,” Dastoor said.

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