|OSU researchers apply inkjet printing to solar cells|
|Wednesday, 29 June 2011 09:10|
Oregon State University scientists have discovered how to apply ink-jet printing technology to the manufacture of thin-film solar cells.
The researchers have applied for a patent for the new technology.
Just as inkjet printers brought low-cost, high-quality printing to small offices, researchers say the application of inkjet technology to the solar industry could be a significant advance.
OSU scientists led by Chih-hung Chang used inkjet printing to create thin-film solar devices in a process that reduced waste by a whopping 90 percent and lowered the overall cost while improving performance. The resulting devices are known in the industry as "CIGS," a combination of copper, indium, gallium and selenium.
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.