Using Photovoltaic Cells, This Ink Allows Images to Generate Energy

By: Alyson Wyers - Aug 29, 2016
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This new ink made from photovoltaic cells enables printed pictures to generate energy. Invented by Finnish researchers from Aalto University School of Science, the ink goes onto solar cells, allowing printed images and text to produce the energy.

The new energy technology converts the energy from the absorption of light into electricity. The translucent photovoltaic cells let different colors and patterns show through.

This eco technology is also very accessible as it uses inkjet printing to turn any photograph into something that creates energy sustainably. This is not just an example of using new designs to render old items more environmentally friendly, it also demonstrates how self-generated energy can be mixed with customization and miniaturization -- both of which are popular in the design world.