Organic solar modules hold the possibility of being able to generate low-cost electricity, on almost any surface.
Solar modules are printed using roll-to-roll (R2R) technology, the same way stickers, labels, and other printed products are produced.
1000 square metres of organic solar is a little heavier than an average adult male (100 kg). Compare that to traditional silicon solar, which would weigh the same as 3 large african elephants (11 tons)!
Organic solar modules are extremely thin, making their cost very low as very little material is used.
The modules arrive rolled up on cores, similar to paper towel. Able to be wrapped around almost any surface, their flexibility opens up almost endless possibilities for deployment.
As the modules are almost entirely plastic, they are completely recyclable.
Organic solar modules are printed on-demand. If a disaster happened, we could be printing solar modules to provide power immediately.
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Organic solar cells work by converting the energy from sunlight into separate positive and negative charges that can be used as electricity.
Harnessing capabilities across the science and engineering spectrum, the COE Solar team is uniquely positioned to bring this technology to life.
The Centre for Organic Electronic's world leading research and development is demonstrated in the projects COE Solar has brought to life.
COE Solar has unveiled Australia's first printed solar field. One hundred square metres of organic solar modules have been installed on a roof at the University of Newcastle. This demonstration site enables final phase testing and modifications of the system before this renewable energy technology could be made available to the public.
COE Solar was invited to demonstrate printed solar technology at Australia's largest printing trade show, Pacprint 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 23-26 May. The first public display of COE Solar's technology, the exhibit consists of custom built pop-up archways which allow the people to touch the material and walk through and under it.
First Commercial Install
COE Solar has already attracted its first commercial partner, global logistics solutions company CHEP. CHEP Australia are working with COE Solar to rollout a commercial scale pilot installation of organic printed solar on the roof of one of its service centres next financial year.
“Through our collaboration with UON, we see the potential to make CHEP’s inherently sustainable business model even better. Our aim is to develop better supply chains, but we recognise that this begins with sustainability in our own operations,” said Lachlan Feggans, CHEP Australia’s Senior Manager, Sustainability Asia-Pacific.
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