Printing is playing a key role in the development of low-cost flexible thin-film solar cells, and ink companies are creating novel new technologies for this fast-growing market.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor10.02.08
As petroleum-based energy costs soar and concerns over the environment as well as sustainability
First Nanosolar utility panels shipped and deployed in Germany in a free-field plant installation. (Photo credit: Willi Breuer)
grow, interest in new sources of natural energy is on a rapid ascent, whether it is wind or solar power.
Solar technologies have generated tremendous interest among the public and investors alike, and the allure is understandable: the ability to harness the sun’s energy offers unlimited clean power.
The goal, then, is to be able to gather this power efficiently at a reasonable cost. Typically, solar cells are costly, but if a way could be found to mass produce these cells, there could be fast growth in the market. This is where printing comes into play.
It is becoming apparent that flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells can be used to collect solar energy at a fraction o
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