OSU researchers apply inkjet printing to solar cells


OSU scientists have discovered how to apply ink-jet printing technology to the manufacture of thin-film solar cells.

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Oregon State University scientists have discovered how to apply ink-jet printing technology to the manufacture of thin-film solar cells.

The researchers have applied for a patent for the new technology.

Just as inkjet printers brought low-cost, high-quality printing to small offices, researchers say the application of inkjet technology to the solar industry could be a significant advance.

OSU scientists led by Chih-hung Chang used inkjet printing to create thin-film solar devices in a process that reduced waste by a whopping 90 percent and lowered the overall cost while improving performance. The resulting devices are known in the industry as “CIGS,” a combination of copper, indium, gallium and selenium.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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