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sprayon-solarResearchers at the Australian National University are working with a new Australian company, Spark Solar Australia and Braggone Oy on a three-year project to develop spray-on solar panels that are both cheap and highly efficient.

Traditionally, solar cells are made of silicon coated with a thin layer of anti-reflective silicon nitrate. The cells are expensive to produce because they are made in a vacuum and creating a vacuum like situation doesn’t come cheap. If this step can be skipped from the solar cell production, price tags can be brought down considerably. The new method uses a spray-on hydrogen film and spray-on anti-reflective film. In this spray-on method vacuums are not needed. The cells travel along a conveyor belt where the films are sprayed on. The simplified process could trim down about $5 million in capital equipment costs per medium-sized factory. The manufacturer can save and produce solar cells at a much cheaper rate. Testing of the process is now taking place at the ANU, and the technology should be available toward the end of 2011.

Spark Solar will establish a $70 million high-tech solar cell factory in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Their main objective will be to initiate solar cell production in 2010. The factory will take a daunting task of producing 19 million solar cells a year. That volume of production will be enough to power 20,000 homes, along with exports worth more than $400 million to Europe’s booming solar markets. Presently the global market for solar cells is growing at a faster rate than markets for mobile phones, digital cameras and laptops.


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10 Responses to “Spray-on Solar Panels”

  1. whamx.com Says:

    Spray-on Solar Panels | Forced Green…

    a three-year project to develop spray-on solar panels that are both cheap and highly efficient….

  2. wilson Says:

    Oh, it sounds like a very great idea, Linda! Hope it is going to available on the market very soon…

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  3. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda – This could be a huge breakthrough in solar energy. I love the fact it would make solar panels more affordable. Can you imagine the positive effect this could have on the environment? Sign me up. 🙂

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  4. Shane Says:

    This is wonderful news. If all goes well, hopefully this technology will be available soon in the US.

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  5. Wind Says:

    There not aerosol spray cans are they? That would be counterproductive! lol

    ~Wind

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  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … I think it will take about 3 more years to finish it up but maybe it will be sooner!

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Yes and Yes! I just want it to be done within the next 6 months so that it can be used right away!

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Shane … I absolutely agree! the sooner the better!

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Wind … LOL! no just spray nozzles……

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