Self Charging Electronics May Be Close With New Printable Solar Cells

solar_cells_sheets_3Could the Aussies have come up with a solution to the worlds energy problem? They are trying hard with the invention of a printable solar cell.

The plan is to mass-produce these plastic solar cells which are created by 3D printers.

Created by scientists from the CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and Monash University this techology has been progressing fast for last seven years. To make things even better these sheets can be printed very cheaply and could lead the way for self charging electronics like smart phones and laptops. The plan is also to have the sheets against windows of houses and structures like skyscrapers. The goals is to make the world self sufficient.

“We print them onto plastic in more or less the same way we print our plastic banknotes,” said Fiona Scholes, senior research scientist at CSIRO. “Connecting our solar panels is as simple as connecting a battery. It’s very cheap. The way in which it looks and works is quite different to conventional silicon rooftop solar.”

solar_cells_sheets_2There is much more work to do however, “We would like to improve the efficiency of solar panels – we need to develop solar inks to generate more energy from sunlight,” said Scholes. “We are confident we can push the technology further in the years to come.” – by John Beaudin





Melbourne researchers have successfully created Australia’s largest and most flexible solar cells, with the aid of a new printer located at CSIRO.

The breakthrough may have far reaching applications, including for public lighting, outdoor signage and mobile power generation.

The scientists are part of a collaboration between research and industry called the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC).