Screen-printed solar panels?
June 6, 2007 1:52 PM Subscribe
Solar photovoltaic fabric. I'm trying to find or recall about a particular type of technology that I half-remember, as well as find out more about the current state of the art for flexible and/or fabric and/or imprinted solar panels.
posted by loquacious to Technology (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In particular, I'm trying to find/recall information about a technology that involved screen printing glass/silicon beads on fabric, with screen printed circuit traces. The fabric could be cut with shears and hooked up to any of the given traces to start generating power.
It was a fairly crude but ingenious and innovative approach to the flexible solar panel idea. I believe the fabric was blue, like polycrystalline solar cells. Part of the charm to this approach was that it was relatively easy to do and make with off the shelf technology, rather than growing expensive monocrystalline ingots or other traditional polycrystalline on substrate methods that involved greater startup costs and less forgiving tolerances.
Outside of that: What is the current state of the art? What is currently available off the shelf?