February 23, 2013
How 3D printing could revolutionise the solar energy industry
More efficient, less complex and cheaper, 3D solar cells can also capture more sunlight than conventional photovoltaic (PV) models. The Guardian reports.
... Researchers at MIT believe 3D solar panels could be roughly 20% more efficient than flat solar panels. 3D printing can extend the amount of solar absorbed into cells, which may turn some haters of solar power into believers.
Another benefit is cost. While installation is the dominate cost for solar power, it is estimated that precision 3D printing could drop production costs by 50% by eliminating many of the inefficiencies associating with the waste of costly materials such as glass, polysilicon or even indium.
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