These paint-on solar panels harvest the sun’s energy and are lighter, more flexible and less expensive.
This organic solar ink conducts electricity and can be printed directly onto recyclable plastics to create lightweight and affordable solar panels. The solar panels are rolled and when laid across the roof, the cells can produce enough electricity to power the entire household.
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Developed at The University of Newcastle, Australia by Prof. Paul Dastoor and his team of 30 researchers, the paint-on solar panels are paper-thin and flexible, costing $10 per square metre. The team can currently print 100 metres of solar cells a day using its 10 printers.
The innovative technology is in its final stages of testing before it can bring a fundamental difference for underserved communities. The developers are hoping to play a major role in the lives of the millions of people who have no access to energy or electrical power at all.