You will be amazed just by thinking; your present house roof can easily generate power using simple flexible solar sheets printed on a simple printer! But, that’s true if we go by the new invention of Professor Paul Dastoor of the University of Newcastle.
He is going to revolutionize and rewrite the energy future with his interesting invention of solar technology, a printed solar sheet that reached the final trial stages in New South Wales Hunter region.
Professor Paul Dastoor, at the trial site at the University of Newcastle.
The printer prints the solar cells onto a layer of plastic.
His invention solar paint and inks that when sandwiched between two thin sheets of plastic, can generate electricity using solar energy.
The solar panels are actually made by printing electronic ink onto plastic sheets on simple conventional printers. Compared to a silicon model, new solar sheets are more flexible and ultra-light weight without compromising its durability.
An area of 1000m2 solar sheets weighs just about 100 kg and the research team after extensive economic modelling, has concluded that they can produce the printed solar scales for less than $10 a square meter and the material could be rapidly manufactured, enabling accelerated deployment into the marketplace.
According to Professor Paul Dastoor, this emerging technology could be used in disaster-affected areas where the conventional source electricity is not accessible and people generate power using a diesel generator.
“No other renewable energy solution can be manufactured as quickly. On our lab-scale printer we can easily produce hundreds of meters of material per day, on a commercial-scale printer this would increase to kilometers. If you had just ten of these printers operating around the clock we could print enough material to deliver power to 1000 homes per day,” said Professor Dastoor.
The new technology shows promising results with a constant power flow in low-light and cloud cover compared to traditional PV panels.
The material is so sensitive that it can generate the small quantity of energy from moonlight!