Solar cells could soon be 3D printed for a fraction of the price, says AFRL team

Solar cells could soon be 3D printed for a fraction of the price, says AFRL team

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are taking a 3D printing-inspired approach in making solar cells more cost efficient, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Advanced Energy Materials. Along the way, they’ve found a wealth of untapped application potential, says lead author Dr. Santanu Bag. “Sun is abundant, and it’s free,” says Bag, a project scientist at the AFRL’s Manufacturing Directorate. "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 […]

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