This installation marks the first time our printed solar film has ever reached the public eye. Thanks to a grant from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation , we've been hard at work – together with Zoos Victoria – designing and installing a 'canopy' of printed solar film that sits nicely in the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect space at Melbourne Zoo.
The technology featured in the installation has been years in the making. We have been perfecting our solar film technology (and are still perfecting it!) so it is as easy and cheap to produce as possible.
The solar canopy shows off the unique features of our printed solar film – it's lightweight, transparent and flexible. This makes our solar extremely unique compared to conventional solar (namely silicon solar), which are the panels you commonly see on roofs around Australia.
Our printed solar film provides new opportunities where silicon is not suitable, for example, curved surfaces and spans of fabrics in buildings and products. We imagine our solar technology – in the not too distant future – to be embedded into tents, clothes, or even in disaster relief packs with rolled up solar kits ready to go.
Our solar is for everyone, everywhere.
We’re developing new printable solar cells that are flexible, light weight and are so thin that they can cover most surfaces. Imagine using a tent embedded with solar film that allowed you to charge lights and devices while you're out hiking!
Our printed solar cells are lightweight, thin, flexible and semitransparent. This means they can be used in applications that conventional solar panels are unsuitable for.
Renewable energy is vital for a sustainable future, and this is ever more important as global energy demands continue to rise. The sun is an endless source of clean, renewable energy, and printed solar film provides more opportunity to harness the power of the sun.
We are continuing to make advances in the technology. We have achieved power conversion efficiencies of over 19% on small-scale modules and we are improving our capacity to fabricate wider solar film that is 30cm wide.
In the near future, we forsee our printed solar film being integrated into many new applications, including:
Scroll down for some images envisioning some of the many possibilites of the use of printed solar film.
Where do you think solar film could be utilised in the future?
Due to its highly portable and lightweight properties, our printed solar film has great potential to assist in a humanitarian crisis. Pop-up kits delivered in tubes could be easily installed in any terrain to deliver rapid emergency power to disaster zones.
Imagine powering boats with printed solar! Our solar film could be used out at sea to generate electricity through printed solar film embedded into the sails.
Our solar film is great for tensile architecture applications such as stadium roof fabrics. The huge surface areas of these roofs have great potential for solar generation that is not possible with heavy, rigid, silicon solar panels.