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Flexible solar: Providing solar for everyone, everywhere

Thin, flexible solar panels are gaining attention worldwide as an exciting energy source, particularly because of their potential integration into a variety of materials.

Find out more about our printed solar film.

[Music plays and image shows three blue boxes appearing between the walls of tall city buildings. Text appears: Imagine Solar Energy Everywhere, for everyone]

[image shows two model houses with solar panels and text appears: Solar Energy is a huge source of clean, sustainable power. Even a fraction of the sun’s energy could power the world]

[Image shows a purple flexible printed solar film scrolling around a rod, then a black flexible printed solar film scrolling]

[Image shows a machine parts and text appears: We’re developing new materials and processes to produce thin, lightweight and flexible solar cells based on printable ‘solar inks’]

[Image shows a man wearing a lab coat and safety goggles inspecting a machine with the scrolling films]

[Image shows flexible printed solar film and text appears: These inks are developed onto flexible plastic films using roll-to-roll processes]

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[Image shows a tent covered with printed solar film and text appears: Our lightweight, flexible printed solar film can be integrated into fabric to make tents or awnings]

[Image shows a mailing tube with a rolled film in front of large tents covered with vertical parallel rows of flexible printed solar film and text appears: supply energy relief power]

[Image shows a sailing boat with horizontal rows of flexible printed solar film and text appears: or used in boat sails to name a few applications]

[Images shows a garden with a canopy of flexible printed solar film and text appears: We have made a ‘canopy’ of printed solar film to create a beautiful shade structure]

[Image shows a green dispenser with white flexible material scrolling out and text appears: and we recently attached our flexible printed solar to roofing panels that can’t support the weight of conventional solar panels]

[Image shows corrugated roofing material with flexible printed solar film moving over rollers]

[Image shows flexible printed solar films scrolling through rods, then a man examining the printing process, and text appears: By developing new materials and processes, we have achieved power conversion efficiencies of around 20 per cent on small devices]

[Image shows flexible printed solar film on a rod and text appears: But it’s not over yet. Thanks to funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) We have partnered with Monash University, University of Cambridge and UNSW to work on an exciting group of next generation solar materials called perovskites]

[Image shows flexible printed solar film scrolling through the printer and text appears: These perovskite solar cells have achieved performances approaching that of conventional silicon solar cells]

[Image shows the printing machine and text appears: Roll-to-roll solar cell manufacturing has a much lower barrier to entry and energy cost than conventional solar cell manufacturing]

[Image shows flexible printed solar film scrolling through the printer and text appears: These solar cells have the potential to create new opportunities for Australian manufacturing and to add value to existing industries]

[Image shows a woman holding a strip of flexible printed solar film up to the sunlight and text appears: It’s another example of how CSIRO is solving the greatest challenges through innovation and technology]

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Drought Resilience Mission

The goal of the Mission is to reduce the impacts of Australian droughts by 30 per cent this decade.

Implementing drought resilience will result in a regional Australia that can endure deeper, longer droughts, and recover from them sooner.

This will allow our food and agribusinesses to boost national farm income, increase food security, and protect the regional jobs that rely on agriculture. It will increase the resilience of rural and regional communities that depend on agriculture and improve environmental outcomes.

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The Drought Resilience Mission has a goal to reduce the worst impacts of droughts in Australia.

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Droughts are predicted to become more frequent and severe, requiring new solutions.

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Our mission is to reduce the impacts caused by droughts in three key areas.

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Firstly, we’ll strengthen our agricultural industries to reduce variability in farm incomes.

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Secondly, we’ll develop new ways to improve the resilience of our regional communities.

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Thirdly, we’ll improve environmental outcomes, such as reducing soil loss from erosion.

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We’re collaborating with industry, government and research organisations to overcome drought.

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Together the Drought Resilience Mission will build a stronger regional Australia against times of drought.

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