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This Machine Makes 33 Feet of Printed Solar Cells A Minute

By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: May 22, 2013 • References: vicosc.unimelb.edu.au and gizmodo
These printed solar cells are produced at an astonishingly fast rate of 33 feet per minute and could have huge implications for the future of solar-powered objects and architecture.

The printer system developed by ‘VICOSC’ makes use of printing capabilities that have been around for awhile. Dr. David Jones, project coordinator and researcher at the University of Melbourne says, “We’re using the same techniques that you would use if you were screen printing an image on to a T-Shirt.” The photovoltaic cells are embedded into sheets of plastic or steel just like inks on a printed shirt.

Although the technology itself is nothing new, the process is an innovative one that cuts down the production time and cost of solar panels.