Ministers launch additional investment in printable solar cells

On Wednesday 27 July CSIRO received great news – funding from the Australian Solar Institute (ASI) and the Victorian Department of Primary Industry (DPI) to develop the next generation materials that will feed into the large scale printing trials being conducted by the Victorian Organic Solar Cell (VICOSC) Consortium. VICOSC consists of key researchers from Melbourne University, Monash University and CSIRO, together with industrial partners BlueScope Steel, Innovia Films (UK) and Robert Bosch SEA.

CSIRO, through its Future Manufacturing Flagship, is a foundation partner in the VICOSC Consortium which was awarded $1.7m from both the Australian Solar Institute (ASI) and the Victorian Department of Primary Industry (DPI) under their respective renewable energy programs. Matched by contributions from the Consortium members, the project is worth a total of $7 million over 3 years.

Ministers launch new printable solar cell funding
Dr Gerry Wilson (left) demonstrates new CSIRO printable solar cells to Victorian Minister Michael O’Brien and the Federal Minister Martin Ferguson

At the announcement event working demonstrations of solar cells printed on flexible plastic were on display. The solar panels were printed using laboratory based reel-to-reel printing processes located at CSIRO’s Clayton Flexible Electronics Labs.

Read the Minister Ferguson’s media release here: http://minister.ret.gov.au/MediaCentre/MediaReleases/Pages/solar-manufacturing.aspx



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