3D-printed solar cells are cheaper, easier to produce, and deployable at speed

“It’s completely different from a traditional solar cell. They tend to be large, heavy, encased in glass — tens of millimeters thick,” Dastoor told Mashable. “We’re printing them on plastic film that’s less than 0.1 of a millimeter thick.”

Solar panels on the street

“Globally, there’s been so few of these installations, we know very little about how they perform in a public setting. This installation is the next critical step in accelerating the development and commercialisation of this technology. It presents a new scenario for us to test performance and durability against a range of new challenges,” said Professor Dastoor in a release in 2018.

They were planning to represent significant progress toward commercial availability of the material for 3D printed solar panels.

3D-printed solar cells are cheaper, easier to produce, and deployable at speed

Love Cone was the only public place that solar panels could be viewed.

What were the benefits?

When the year 2019 arrived, the project began to take a “real” shape.

With commercial-scale machinery capable of manufacturing kilometers of material each day, printed solar was quick and inexpensive to generate, with a production cost of less than $10 per square meter.

“No other renewal energy technology can be manufactured as quickly. The low cost and speed at which this technology can be deployed is exciting as we need to find solutions, and quickly,” said Professor Dastoor.

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