The researchers in the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) – a collaboration between CSIRO, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and industry partners – say their printer uses semiconducting inks to “print the cells straight onto paper-thin flexible plastic or steel.” They compared it to the sort of screen printing used to put images on T-shirts and say the machine can crank out 10 meters per minute, or about one cell every two seconds.
These cells produce between 10 and 50 watts of power per square meter (a typical crystalline solar cell might produce around 150 watts per square meter). Not a ton of power, but enough to be useful for some purposes, perhaps.
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