Pop-Up City on Printable Solar Cells for the Masses


We usually think of solar power in terms of large, clunky, expensive panels that require expert installation. But what if solar cells were tiny and could be manufactured with a special printer? Could that make solar power accessible to the masses?

The Pop-Up City reports that researchers in Australia are making progress on wafer-thin, cheap photovoltaic cells that can be “printed” using techniques similar to imprinting an image on a t-shirt.

The uses, according to the publication, are endless, and including everything from powering advertising signage to serving as backup illumination for computer keyboards to transforming skyscrapers into power producers.

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