Air Force Research Lab Researching 3D-Printed Solar Cells

Published by , July 21, 2017 12:17 pm

(Microfabricator)  The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has published research into 3D printed solar cells. By providing an accessible manufacturing method, the technology can become more widely used. Dr. Santanu Bag explains the project’s motivation, “Solar cells can generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but current, complex fabrication costs make the technology expensive. We’re looking at new ways to use materials and manufacturing technologies to make these less expensively.”
Using Optomec’s aerosol jet technology, the AFRL intend to develop a more efficient production process for harnessing solar power. The ARFL is approaching solar cell production with perovskites rather than the conventional silicon which is both labor intensive and expensive. By using the calcium titanium oxide mineral, Dr. Bag and his team have been able to develop a more efficient production process and one without the related high costs.

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