Harnessing the sun to meet rising energy needs
Solar energy is a huge source of clean, sustainable power. If we can capture it, even a fraction of the sun's energy could power the world.
With global energy demands continuing to rise, low-cost solar technologies are crucial to meeting the energy needs of the developed and developing world.
Printable solar cells that are flexible and lightweight
We're developing new materials and processes to produce thin, flexible and semi-transparent solar cells using printable 'solar inks'. These inks are deposited onto flexible plastic film using processes like micro-gravure coating, slot-die coating and screen printing.
Organic photovoltaics (PV) and perovskite PV are more flexible and portable than conventional silicon-based solar cells. They can be integrated into windows, window furnishings, tents and even consumer packaging, and they can be deployed to provide energy to remote outback locations and developing communities.
We’re now working with industry to create local manufacturing opportunities.
Australian leaders in printed perovskite photovoltaics
By developing new materials and processes, we have achieved efficiencies of greater than 19 per cent on small-scale devices.
Our pilot-scale, roll-to-roll printing lines can fabricate 30-centimetre-wide flexible solar modules that can be cut to length. We are Australian leaders in the field of large-area, printed perovskite photovoltaics.
For specific applications, we can produce pilot-scale quantities of solar film for incorporation into a wide range of prototypes.
The low barrier to entry of this technology means we can provide new opportunities for Australian manufacturing, creating new markets, value-adding to existing markets and generating jobs.