Printable A3-sized solar cells hit a new milestone in green energy
Imagine a future where solar panels speed off the presses, like newspaper. Australian scientists have brought us one step closer to that reality.
Researchers from the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) have developed a printer that can print 10 meters of flexible solar cells a minute. Unlike traditional silicon solar cells, printed solar cells are made using organic semi-conducting polymers, which can be dissolved in a solvent and used like an ink, allowing solar cells to be printed.
Not only can the VICOSC machine print flexible A3 solar cells, the machine can print directly on to steel, opening up the possibility for solar cells to be embedded directly into building materials.
“Eventually we see these being laminated to windows that line skyscrapers,” said David Jones, a researcher at University of Melbourne who is involved with the work. “By printing directly to materials like steel, we’ll also be able to embed cells onto roofing materials.”
Printing 10 meters of solar cells in a minute means good things for solar.
“What I wanted to do was work as if I was not human. As if the human species didn’t exist anymore. I mean, as far as we know, for 6,000 light years around us, the only beings that are producing symbols, that are thinking—in the planets, in the universe—are humans. So when humans disappear from the face of the earth, then there will be no more art. What could you do in those last moments? What would the last art look like?”
~Adrián Villar Rojas
Photo: Adrián Villar Rojas. La inocencia de los animales. 2013. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman, New York. Installation view of EXPO 1: New York at MoMA PS1. Photo: Matthew Septimus.
Not sure I’m a fan of the artist statement, but this work is gorgeous, and definitely worth the time.
“It was important that people come to value light as we value gold, silver, paintings, objects.” —James Turrell
New video from the Exclusive series: James Turrell, our current 100 Artists featured artist, describes the values and perceptions of light while revisiting one of his “skyspace” works, Second Meeting (1989).
Join Triple Canopy at MoMA PS1 this Thursday, May 16 at 2pm and 4pm for a discussion and lecture with Dan Phiffer as part of Speculations (“The future is ______”),fifty days of lectures, discussions and debates about the future as part of EXPO 1: New York.
Phiffer is an artist, programmer and creator of Occupy. here, a peer-to-peer network of virtual spaces (autonomous from the Internet) for open political discussions. Phiffer’s Occupy.here will be accessible via wifi in PS1’s gallery, through which visitors can access a digital Speculations Library.