CTRL+P: Printing Australia’s largest solar cells

Editor's notes

  • The consortium has developed processes that use spray coating, reverse gravure and slot-dye coating as well as screen printing.
  • The consortium has developed processes that can be used with a range of solvents, most of which are in common industrial use. In particular, the consortium has developed in-house inks that do not require chlorinated solvents.
  • Current module power output from printed devices is 10-50W per square metre. On smaller, lab-scale devices, power outputs equivalent to over 80W per square metre have been achieved.
  • Lifetime testing of modules is ongoing, with current studies showing stable outdoor performance beyond six months. The consortium anticipates lifetimes of several years will be achievable in the near future.
  • The consortium is currently only purchasing materials on a research scale. When bought on a larger scale it is anticipated that component costs will be significantly lower and that pricing around A$1/W will be achievable.

Further information on the VICOSC consortium   

University of Melbourne

Dr David Jones | djjones@unimelb.edu.au|+61 3 8344 2371
Professor Andrew Holmes | aholmes@unimelb.edu.au + 61 3 8344 2344

CSIRO
Dr Scott Watkins | scott.watkins@csiro.au | +61 3 9545 2618 | 0401 764 124
Dr Gerry Wilson | gerry.wilson@csiro.au | +61 3 9545 2205 | @FlexElectronixx     

Monash University
Professor Yi-Beng Cheng | yibing.cheng@monash.edu | +61 3 9905 4930