New inkjet printed solar technology
| 03.11.2008 | 13:27:32 | Views: 2822 | ID:
March 11 '08: In a press release, the plastic company Konarka has announced the development of a new solar cell energy technology which is applied using an inkjet printer. Inhabitat.com reported that the technology is as flexible and is inexpensive.
"Essentially, the head of an inkjet printer deposits a material (ink) into a substrate (paper), and does so in a fairly cheap and quick manner," Inhabitat.com reported. "Konarka's technique uses the solar cell material as ink, and a thin flexible plastic as paper. According to the company, the process creates solar cells which are almost as good as the clunky silicon ones."The company's press release said that potential applications for the technology could include "indoor or sensor applications," and that "organic solar cells can be processes with printing technologies with little or no loss compared to 'clean room' semiconductor technologies such as spin coating." “Demonstrating the use of inkjet printing technology as a fabrication tool for highly efficient solar cells and sensors with small area requirements is a major milestone,” commented Rick Hess, president and CEO at Konarka. “This essential breakthrough in the field of printed solar cells positions Konarka as an emerging leader in printed photovoltaics,” the press release said. National Blueprint Tags: Economic & Infrastructure
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