At present, manufacturing solar panels involves expensive high temperature and high vacuum processes.
The bottleneck to cheaper solar power is the ability to design new methods of manufacturing. The ability to
print the active components of a solar cell is an excellent way to mitigate these costs. This project will focus
on developing the knowledge to print the most crucial component of a solar cell - the light absorbing layer.
Innovative nanoscience will be used to develop novel solar inks composed of tiny semiconductor crystals.
The formulation and transformation of these inks into efficient semiconductor light absorbing layers, with a
clear view to cheaper printed solar cells, will be the key outcome of this project.