3D printing solar panels are finally here
Open Source technology has seen a huge progress lately. Moreover, a lot of persons are familiar with the source movement and this leads to a lot more creative ideas in the domain. The newest idea of the kind is delivered by Shawn Freyne and Alex Hornstein from the Philippines, that discovered a way to print solar panels within 15 seconds.
The “Open Source Solar Factory”, conceived by the two developers, consists of a small kit that could easily fit on a desktop and its efficiency high enough to make 300 thousand solar panels a year, meaning a solar panel could be printed every 15 seconds.This is not at all complicated, as the materials involved in the process are simple: glue, silicon cells, glass and plastic.
With this way of printing, the solar panel prices can be very low. If time and effort are invested, they can produce sufficient solar panels for important items such as cars and homes. And because the project is DIY, the producers have succeeded in reducing the price by almost 50%, as there is no labor work necessary.
The two scientists that made this possible have a big passion for inventions and they support green, free energy. So that is why they put a lot of effort into making this as economical as they could. In addition to this, they uploaded tutorials on Instructables.com for the kit, so that everybody can make their own solar panel.
At the moment, the duo have completed an entire round of successful funding on Kickstarter, a major crowd-funding site. They managed to raise $70,000 and are now aiming for $100,000 for their continued research on the topic.
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