Plastic Fantastic Solar Photovoltaics - A Printable Dream Coming True

love doll printing photo

"The ultimate nerd gadget" Image credit:GlobalPOV, excerpt from photo of printer out-puting plastic love doll.

For years I've been watching for news of an engineering break-though which indicated polymer-based solar photo-voltaic sheets could become cheap to manufacture and long lasting, perhaps using a process akin to computer printing. (Which would mean that solar power would at last enter the domain of computer geeks.)

Ideally, it would lead to a fabrication process which could be patented and kept under tight wraps during development: necessary to keep industrial spies at bay; so it would bring green jobs first and foremost to the USA. (Don't expect many details before prototypes are shown to potential investors.)

As transformational R&D; typically takes a several streams of work and decade or more to coalesce at the point of a pilot test, it's been a difficult optimism to maintain. But finally...An engineering researcher from Princeton University, has just announced some very positive steps in the direction of this dream: mainly, the ability to make a conductive polymer film that retains conductivity when stretched or compressed, and bypassing the need for expensive and rare indium tin oxide (ITO).

There are printers involved.

Geek dance time.

Plastic Fantastic Solar Photovoltaics - A Printable Dream Coming True
For years I've been watching for news of an engineering break-though which indicated polymer-based solar photo-voltaic sheets could become

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