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MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 5, 2010 (12:33 pm) In Renewable Energy , Solar Power Photo by Martin LaMonica at CNET What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That’s not as far-fetched as it sounds — MIT researchers have figured out a way to print thin film solar cells on paper using a process that resembles a standard inkjet printer . If they’re able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels. MIT’s new semiconductor-coated paper features carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. That’s not incredibly efficient, but the convenience factor makes up for it. And in the future, researchers hope that the same process used in the paper solar cells could be used to print cells on metal foil or even plastic. Of course, paper solar cells are a long way from commer